Viewerhelp:2.7.1/Preferences - General

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Sets basic preferences to enhance your Second Life experience.


  Changes the language the Viewer text is displayed in. System default detects what your computer is globally using. To override this, click the dropdown and select another language, then restart your Viewer.
I want to access content rated

  Controls the maturity rating of content you can see, whether you're teleporting inworld or doing a search. You can only change this when logged into Second Life. You must be age-verified to see Parcel lght A.png Adult content.
Start location

  Controls where you appear the next time you log in to Second Life:
  • My Last Location - The last place you were inworld before logging out.
  • My Home - Your home location; set by choosing World > Set Home to Here.
  • Check Show on login to enable the Starting location field on your Viewer login screen. The next time you log in, you can specify either My Last Location, My Home, or choose Type region name to specify a region and optional coordinates like a SLurl.
Name tags

  Controls display of floating name tags above avatars' heads. Affects only what you see, not what others see. Choose:
  • On to always display them
  • Off to hide them
  • Show briefly to make them to appear momentarily then fade away.
My name   Shows your name tag.
Usernames   Shows your and other avatars' usernames in name tags and in the chat log.
Group titles   Shows your and other avatars' group titles in name tags.
Highlight friends   Highlights the names of avatars you've set as friends inworld.
View Display Names

  Select the View Display Names checkbox to see all Residents' display names, both above their avatars and in the chat log. If the checkbox is unselected, you will see each Resident's Second Life first name and last name or username.
Pressing letter keys   Determines whether pressing letter keys automatically enters text chat or moves your avatar; for example, the W key moves you forward.
Away timeout

  Select the time before your avatar goes into away mode, slumping over as a visual cue and displaying "(Away)" above your name tag.

Set Away mode manually by choosing Me > My Status > Away.

Busy mode response

  Type a brief message to be sent as an automatic reply when another Resident instant-messages you when you're in Busy mode.

Set Busy mode by choosing Me > My Status > Busy.