Second Life Basic Skills


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Basic skills for using the virtual world of Second Life, from the Florida State University Virtual Reference Environments course, Fall 2009, by Dr. Lorri Mon. See also related Youtube videos: and

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Second Life Basic Skills

  1. 1. Second Life Basics Dr. Lorri Mon, Florida State University College of Communication & Information (September 19, 2009)
  2. 2. Camera Controls <ul><li>Often you need to ZOOM IN to read signs, posters, books, or slides, or to look at something off in the distance. You can do this without physically moving your avatar: </li></ul>On a Mac: holding down ALT or OPT key while moving your mouse forward zooms in, moving backward zooms out; for orbiting and panning, try also holding down CTRL and SHIFT keys e.g. ALT/OPT+CTRL+mouse; ALT/OPT+SHIFT+mouse On a PC: holding down ALT while moving your mouse forward zooms in, moving backward zooms out; for orbiting and panning, try also holding down CTRL and SHIFT keys e.g. ALT+CTRL+mouse; ALT+SHIFT+mouse
  3. 3. Communicate & Local Chat Buttons The Communicate and Local Chat buttons give you a complete transcript of chat from the moment you walked in. You can click to pop it up at any time, highlight, copy, and paste it into a text document . It also has Tabs for each Instant Messaging session that has been occurring, such as IM’s from individuals or groups, or notices sent to you from groups. Note you can only “hear” someone who’s within 20m of you in a text chat.
  4. 4. Search Button Click the “ Search ” button and you can then click a Tab at the top to search for People, Groups, Places . When you find a group, you can click to join it; when you find people, you can Add Friend them, Instant Message them, Offer to Teleport them to where you are, and Drop Inventory to them. Lorri Momiji
  5. 5. Inventory Button <ul><li>Click “ Inventory ” and you will see a list of everything you own: </li></ul><ul><li>Notecards (instructions, info) </li></ul><ul><li>Landmarks (map locations, teleports) </li></ul><ul><li>Objects (tools, clothes, avatars, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to also look under the Library folder! There is a lot of useful “stuff” you may not even realize that you own. </li></ul>Inventory can be sorted by date, name; And you can search your inventory A useful search : worn to see the items you are currently wearing
  6. 6. Map Button The Map button allows you to find places to “teleport” to. Name of the “sim” or island and the coordinates of the specific building/spot (the three numbers) are what you need to teleport there. SLurls (Second Life URLs) can also be opened up in your Web browser and will trigger that location on your map. The red circle appearing when you rightclick on the map is where you’ll go. Want to save a location? Go to Menu “ World” and “ Create Landmark” to save a landmark to the location.
  7. 7. Next Time: We will build and create!