Setting Toolbars and Appearance

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Changing the Toolbars and Appearance


Each FirstClass E-Campus window contains a button bar which appears in the top of each individual window that is opened. Furthermore, these buttons are “context sensitive” which means that only relevant buttons will appear in the window, the buttons that you are able to use within the current context.

The toolbar may be customized to include buttons for tasks which you use frequently. To do this, select “Toolbars” from the VIEW menu, then select “Customize toolbar.” Select the category (menu) where the task resides, then drag the button you want, and drop it on your toolbar where you’d like it placed.


To remove a button from the toolbar, drag it from the toolbar into the button box in the customize window.

If you’re a Windows user, you’ll notice that instead of your FirstClass Desktop appearing against a gray application background with the menus appearing across the top of the screen, you have isolated windows which appear on your screen, each containing its own menu bar. You need to be careful to choose the menu which appears in the window in which you’re currently working (the active window, or the window closest to you).

Context Sensitive Menus

The system allows for the use of “context sensitive” menus. These appear when the user holds the mouse down (Macintosh) or right-clicks (Windows) on an object such as a conference icon, a message, an attachment, selected text in the message you’re composing, an email address or name, or an empty space on the screen. The menu appears at the exact point of your cursor, so you may quickly make a selection and continue on. If the context sensitive menu appears, and you do not wish to make a selection, release the mouse without making a selection.

Sorting Messages

The column headings for any list of messages (e.g. “Name,” “Subject,” “Last Modified”) act as sorting buttons. When clicked, each heading acts as a button which will sort all of the messages within the window according to the column’s criteria. A second click will perform a reverse sort of the column. Examples:


Name – sorts all messages alphabetically by the first name of the sender. Clicking again will sort the messages from Z to A by sender’s first name. Subject – sorts all messages alphabetically by the first word in the subject line. Clicking again will sort from Z to A. Last modified – sorts all messages in reverse chronological order, using the date and time of the message. Clicking a second time will put the oldest messages on the top of the list.

You may also rearrange the order in which the columns appear, by click-dragging the column headings to a different location (i.e., you could drag the “Last Modified” heading to appear before the “Subject” heading).

Changing the View Properties


From the VIEW menu, select “Change View Properties” to prompt the dialog box. These options allow you to determine the order in which items appear in your mailbox, background pictures in windows, and the font/size used to display lists of messages. The first section on Sorting allows you to determine the default settings for sorting messages in the selected window. The default settings will sort items as a list, chronologically sorted with newest messages on top, and with grouping by subject. Grouping on SUBJECT can result in hierarchically arranged lists of items by which all of the messages about a particular topic (the original and all of the corresponding reply messages) appear together, no matter when they were received or sent. If you prefer to view messages by date only, change to Group Items on “none.”

In the section on “Display” you may select a font and size to display the list of items in your MailBox. This may help you avoid eye strain!

NOTE: View Properties are specific to the current window in which you are working. You must make changes for each window. In addition, changes must be made to both top and bottom “panes” or sections of each window, if desired.