User Guide: Interface Basics

 

Interface Screen

Here is a full view of the complete interface screen. Please consult the following sections for descriptions of specific parts of the interface.

Note that the colors and styling shown here may differ from what you see, depending on which Color Scheme you have chosen.

The width of the Datalist area (shown here in white) may be changed by clicking and dragging on the gap just to the right of it.

Speed Range Buttons

These button indicate whether a player is waiting for a game within a particular range of game speeds, and allow you to quickly start a game if so.

If a button is "red" it indicates that you are currently waiting for a game in that speed range and thus a game could start at any time. Note that "red" is used loosely since, depending on the color theme in use, it could actually be more yellow, orange, or pink as shown here.

If a button is "green" (again with some variation based on the color scheme in use) it indicates that one or more other players are currently waiting for a game in that speed range. Clicking on the button will immediately start a game with one of them at whichever specific time control they have selected.

"Blue" or "neutral" colored buttons indicate that no one is currently waiting for a game in that speed range. Clicking on the button will simply open the appropriate section of the waiting list.

Control Bar

The control bar consists of several icons, described from left to right:

Time Control Buttons

These buttons indicate whether a player is waiting for a game at a specific time control.

A "red" button (exact shade will depend on the chosen color scheme) indicates that you are currently waiting for a game at that specific time control.

A "green" button button indicates that one or more other players are currently waiting for a game at that specific time control. Clicking on the button will immediately start a game with one of the waiting players.

A "blue" or "neutral" colored button indicates that no one is currently waiting for a game at that specific time control. Clicking on the button will add you to the waiting list with default options (traditional chess, random colors, and opponents of any rating).

Right-clicking (or control-clicking on a Mac) will bring up the waiting list dialog with the time control field already filled in to match the button value.

Live Game Waiting List

This list shows all players currently waiting for a live game. There are three separate lists, for Blitz Games, Fast Games, and Slow Games (see Game Speeds for details).

If your own handle is displayed in the list, it means you are currently waiting for a game with the specified options. Clicking on this entry will remove it from the list (although if you had other list entries with different time controls, those entries will remain).

Clicking on any other entry in the list will immediately start a game with that players using the specified options.

The list may be sorted by Game, Time Control, Speed, Player, Rating or Color by clicking on the corresponding header label. Clicking the same label a second time will reverse the direction of the sort.

Real-Time Notifications

These three tabs notify you of real-time events such as incoming live challenges, incoming messages, and friends logging on or off. Depending on configuration options, notifications may consist of a counter icon on the tab, an automatic drop-down, and/or a sound alert.

Datalist Menu

This menu controls what information is displayed in the datalist to its immediate right.

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