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    Second Life® Review Basics

    SL Review Basics

    Below are some screen shots of the basic menu options we cover in the T4G inSL Orientation. Alternatively, you can find more information by visiting these Second Life Tutorial pages:

    Second Life Support Center:
    Known as the SL Knowledge Base, you can find most details about Second Life here, in text.

    YouTube tutorials:
    Updated regularly, these range from beginner to advanced level. See the side panel on the YouTube web page for sorting through the archived clips by SL how-to categories.

    Screen Shots of basic menu controls

    **Note: SL is like most applications, typically, there are more than one option for executing the same command and not all are highlighted below.**

    Camera & Movement tabs

    Let these tabs reside on your screen as you begin SL.

    Let these tabs reside on your screen as you begin SL.

    You can also use your camera and movement controls via the arrow keys and mouse but these tabs are a great way to begin. Optimizing your camera controls will make your SL experience more enjoyable. It may take some practice.

    Avatar Wheel & Preferences

    Much of the same info. accessed via your avatar or the Edit button.

    Much of the same info. accessed via your avatar or the Edit button.

    You will use this information frequently. To view the ‘avatar wheel’, right click on the avatar–not the hair, clothes. Review the audio/graphics and general settings in Preferences to tweak your settings.

    Communicate Three Ways in SL

    Communicate Options

    Communicate via text or voice in SL. Be sure to note which window is open when chatting: Local Chat – avatars within ear shot will read (hear). Private IM/Call is important for either privacy or if your avatars are separated any distance. Group chat is just as it indicates.

    Navigating Through the SL World

    SL World

    Region lighting is set to change every four hours. Use the ‘environments’ to override the light changes. Experimenting with the various lighting will yield many different effects for photos, sailing or many other great virtual experiences.

    Inventory is Where it all Goes!

    Inventory is where it all goes

    Note: “Library” is where all default, free items stay in your inventory. All folders above “Trash” are default folders, below “Trash” are where all new items and folders will typically go. All items received or created will reside in “Recent Items” until you log off.

    Maps to See the Big Picture


    Use the “Map” to locate your yellow circle within the SL surroundings. The “Mini-Map” will help you navigate your direction when flying or walking.