Using Text Chat channels

 
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Overview of channels

A ‘channel’ is a virtual union of users where each user can see messages that are posted to the channel. One user can join many channels, but can see only one of them at a time. All users automatically join to the channel named “#general”.

The Text Chat interface manages channels using the following elements:

  • Channels names list at the top of the window

    Displays the names of all channels a user is joined to. The channel currently on display is called the Active channel and the tab bearing its name is marked as active.

  • Active channel log

    This appears between the channel list and the input field, and displays a log of all messages sent by users of the active channel. Depending on the chat options you choose, new messages will appear either at the bottom or top of the log window.

  • Users list

    This appears on the right and displays the list of users joined to the active channel. Use this list to send private messages, view users information and perform moderation actions.

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Public channel

Permits users to see each other’s messages.

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Private channel

A private channel appears automatically when you send or receive a private message. It allows two users to communicate privately. It retains a log of the conversation until private channel is closed.

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Active channel

The currently selected channel in the channel list is the ‘active channel’. The log displays messages for the active channel and the users list displays the list of users joined to the active channel. Any message entered in the input field will go to the active channel.

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Channel password

You can set a channel password when you create a new public channel or change existing channel settings. If this option is active, each user will need to enter the correct password in order to join a channel.

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Operator password

You can set the operator password when creating new public channel or changing existing channel settings. . If this option is active, the user can acquire operator privileges by entering the correct password.

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Sending messages to a channel

To send a message to a channel:
  1. Select the target channel name in the channels list.
  2. Enter the message text in the text input field.
  3. Hit <Enter>.

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Joining an existing channel

To join an existing channel:
  1. Issue the ‘Join Channel’ command by clicking the Radmin icon joinchan Using channels“join channel” toolbar button (Radmin details Using channelsdetails).

    The “join channel” command can be issued in a number of ways:
    • By clicking Radmin icon joinchan Using channels“join channel” toolbar button.
    • By using the “Channels”->”Join Channel” menu command.
    • By hitting the <Ctrl>+<J> hotkey.
    • By using the “/join <channel name>” text command.
  2. The ‘Join channel’ window will appear (Radmin illustr Using channelsillustration). For channels that have a channel password a ‘key’ icon will appear on the left.
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    “Join Channel” window
  3. Select the existing channel from the list and click on the <Join> button. If the selected channel has a password enabled, the ‘Channel Join Mode’ window will appear (Radmin illustr Using channelsillustration).
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    “Channel Join Mode” window

    If a channel has both a channel and an operator password, select the desired rights and enter the password. If you selected ‘Join as operator’, you will have operator privileges when you join the channel.

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Creating a new channel

To create a new channel:
  1. Issue the Create channel command by clicking the Radmin icon createchan Using channelsCreate channel toolbar button (Radmin details Using channelsdetails).

    The Create channel command can be issued in a number of ways:
    • By clicking on the Radmin icon createchan Using channels “Create channel” toolbar button.
    • By selecting the “Channels”->”Create” menu command.
    • By hitting the <Ctrl>+<N> hotkey.
    • By using the “/join <channel name>” text command.
  2. The ‘Create channel’ window will appear (Radmin illustr Using channelsillustration).
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    “Join Channel” window
  3. Enter the new channel name and the channel password or operator password as required.
  4. Hit <OK>. If a channel with the same name already exists, Radmin Viewer will try to join you to it without any passwords.

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Exiting a channel

When the last user leaves a channel, it is destroyed automatically. Radmin will notify the last user of this.

To exit a channel you have joined:
  1. Select the target channel name in the channels list.
  2. Issue the Leave channel command by clicking on the Radmin icon leavechan Using channels“leave channel” toolbar button (Radmin details Using channelsdetails).
    The leave channel command can be issued in a number of ways:
    • By clicking on the Radmin icon leavechan Using channels “leave channel” toolbar button.
    • By using the “Channels”->”Leave Channel” menu command when the target channel is active.
    • By hitting the <Ctrl>+<L> hotkey when the target channel is active.
    • By using the “/leave <channel name>” text command.
    • By right-clicking on the channel name or active channel log and selecting the Leave menu item.

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Changing channel settings

All channels except the “#general” channel and private channels have their own settings for channel password and operator password.

To exit, view, and change channel settings:
  1. Select the target channel name in the channels list.
  2. Issue the Channel settings command by using the “Channels”->”Channel Settings” menu item.
  3. The ‘Channel Settings’ window will appear (Radmin illustr Using channelsillustration).
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    “Channel Settings” window
  4. If you have operator privileges on the channel, you can adjust channel settings.
  5. Click the Change button.

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Requesting operator privileges

All channels except the “#general” channel and private channels can have the operator password enabled.

To acquire operator privileges on a channel:
  1. Select the target channel name in the channels list.
  2. Issue the Request Operator Privileges command by using the “Channels”->”Request Operator Privileges” menu item.
  3. The “Request Operator Privileges” window will appear (Radmin illustr Using channelsillustration).
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    “Request Operator Privileges” window
  4. Enter the operator password and click the Request button.

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Switching channels

You can switch channels by clicking the target channel name in the channels list or by pressing the <Ctrl>+<Tab> key combination to cycle through the list.

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