besides posting messages in the public topics it is also possible to send and receive private messages, pm's. before you can receive personal messages or e-mail first of all check that you have allowed this in you board preferences.
it is recommendable that you also choose YES in the "Notify a new pm" and "Pop-up window on a new message". that will you will see if there are messages for you right after you have logged in.
when you have logged in you will see next to the Logout-button a button for messages which says whether you have new messages or not. in the picture below i have unlined this row with orange right in the top of the picture. if it say "you have new message" click this button and you'll get a window shown in the picture below. i have drawn an orange rectangle around the Private messages menu.
the messages sent to you will be in the Inbox
and the ones that you have written and sent will be in the Outbox
and Sent messages
. the Outbox contains the messages which haven't been so far collected by their recipients. the Sent messages contains the messages that the recipients have read.
i have also created some folders for storing certain correspondence. if i remember right it's possible to create altogether 5 such folders.
in this window you can also see the Compose message
-line. click that to compose a message and the following window opens. it is very similar to the Post a mail-window for public posts in the forum.
on the left marked with a blue ellipse is the Send to-box. write there the username of the person you wish to write a pm to. then click Add
. here i have added my own name first and it has appeared on the Compose message box on the To
-line (orange ellipse). you can remove a recipient from the To-list by clicking the Remove-button. it is necessary to write something on the Subject
-line, too. if you have written pm's earlier the program will make suggestions of the subject when you write the first letter of the word. then you can quick-select a subject that has been used before if you find a suitable in the list.
if i now tried to add Liz01 in the recipient list as well by clicking the Add-button it would turn out to be impossible. the pm-options are now set so that it is possible to send a pm to only one user at a time.
this setting is made because earlier there were some mistakes with someone sending a pm to every forum member. if you wish to send the same message to more than one person you will have to copy your message (ctrl-C) and compose a message to each recipient one by one (add username and past message with ctrl-V).
in the bottom of the message-box you will find the normal Preview- and Submit-buttons. when you have finished composing your message it is a good idea to check first with Preview what your message will look like before submitting it. you can also save a draft (and retrieve one) for further editing in later time if you change your mind about sending the message right away. the message can also be totally cancelled.
your submitted message will first be stored in the Outbox and after it has been read it will be moved to Sent messages-box.