3D World

  • Show Hover Tips: This allows you to set what hover tips, if any, you see. Disable this to disable all hover tips. Otherwise, enable it and then you can opt to indicate which hover tips you want to show:
    • on All Objects
    • on Land

    • Hovertip Trigger Delay: Allows you to choose how long your mouse has to hover over something before you get a hovertip. You can specify different delays for:
      • Tooltips
      • Avatars
      • Objects

    • Show extended information in hover tips: If this is enabled, hovertips will show details about the object your mouse is over, such as the owner, prim count, etc. Otherwise, hover tips will show just the object name.
    • Show avatar group titles in hovertips: If enabled, avatars' current group titles will display, along with the name, when your mouse over them.
  • Floating text fade distance (in m): Sets the distance where floating text starts to fade.
  • Floating text fade range (in m): Sets the range it takes for floating text to go from fully visible to fully invisible.

2D Overlay

  • UI Scaling (may cause side effects): Adjust the slider to choose the UI size. The maximum value depends on your OS: Eg, for Win10, it is 4.5, for earlier Windows, 2.5.
    NOTE that too high may mean you cannot see all of your UI. This may also “break” some UI elements.
    • Automatically detect UI scaling factor: (Windows only) Have FS determine the best possible value for your system.
  • Script Dialogs per Object: Controls how many dialogs get opened:
    • One per object - means if a second one opens either the first or second will not appear.
    • One per Object & Channel - means you can have more than one per object but only if they use different channels to interact.
    • Unconstrained - means you can see as many menus/dialogs as may be generated.
      • Remove “Block” button: Popup windows that are generated by scripts have a “Block” button on them; this allows you to easily mute the object that sent the popup, in cases of popup spam griefing. If you find this confusing and think you might click it by mistake, then you can disable it here.
        Note: muting an object also mutes the object owner; do not block popups from vendors without very good reason, or you will not receive items you purchase from them.
        You can review your listed of blocked people and objects in the Block/Mute List.
  • Script Dialogs Position: You can select where on the screen scripted popup windows should appear.
    • Animate Script Dialogs: Enable this to replicate old style (V1) behavior when opening script dialogs. Only works if they open at the top of the screen.
  • Visible rows per script dialog: Maximum number of lines visible in a script dialog window.
  • Use Pie Menu: Allows you to have pie menus (on by default). If disabled, this gives the V2-style vertical drop down instead. You can override the colors used by the pie menu in PreferencesColors -> Miscellaneous.
    • Enable text animation: If enabled, the text within the pie is also animated.
    • Enable outer ring shade: Adds shading to the outside of the ring, to further draw attention to the selected “slice”.
  • Group Group Notices and chiclets in Top Right: Moves other dialogs (group notices, payments, etc.) to the topright corner (V1 style).
  • Hide group and IM chat chiclets: If this is enabled, the chiclets representing open and new IM and group chat messages will be hidden, leaving on the general chat bubble; if this is clicked, you will get a list of open IMs/groups chats.
  • Use legacy list layout for Notifications window: Enable this to use the old style notifications window.
  • Remap shortcuts already used by Linux (Linux only;requires restart): Shortcuts already used by Linux (Ctrl-Alt-Fn) will be remapped to use Ctrl-Shift instead.
  • Prevent statistics window from gaining focus
  • Flashing IM tabs override: allows you to fine tune how long and fast the IM tabs flash:
    • Number of times IM tabs flash
    • IM tab flash rate (Hz)

Top Bars

Status bar

  • Show traffic indicator in upper right corner of the screen: Enable this if you want to display a small traffic meter in the upper right corner of the menu bar. This will show your current packet loss (left bar), and bandwidth usage (right bar).
    • Use legacy period mean per second display for lag meter: If enabled, Firestorm will use the legacy method of showing the period mean per second value in the meter instead of the current observed value.
    • Clicking on traffic indicator opens Statistics instead of the Lag meter: Opens Statistics instead of Lag meter.
  • Show media controls in top menu: If you disable this, the media controls are removed from the upper right of the screen. You can still acess volume controls in PreferencesSound & Media -> Sounds, if needed, or just re-enable this option.
  • Show Location in top menu: Shows the current region and parcel names in the top menu bar.
    • Show simulator channel in top menu: Shows the region channel name in the status bar. Nothing is shown for Main Channel regions.
  • Show Menu Search: Enable searching the top menu bar.
  • Show Currency Balance: Display your L$ balance in the menu bar.
  • Enable mouse rollover popup on status bar menu icons: If enabled, displays tooltips when you mouse over items in the top menu bar.
  • Show Favorites Bar: Display the contents of your Favorites folder.
  • Show Navigation and Search Bar: Add this bar to the top of the screen.
    • Show Search Bar: Allows the search portion of the navigation bar to be enabled/disabled

Interface Windows

  • Open avatar profile directly when clicking on its name: If enabled, when you click on someone's name in chat, it opens the profile immediately. With this disabled, you get a small summary window.
  • Use web profiles by default: Displays user profiles as web profiles rather than in a profile window.
  • Disable automatic opening of block list: Enable this option if you do not want the block (mute) list to open when you block a person or object.
  • 'Friends' and 'Groups' in 'Comm' menu opens the V5 based windows: If enabled, Friends and Groups will open in the People panel; otherwise they will open in the Contacts panel.
  • Use legacy object properties: If enabled, this will show the old style window when right clicking an item in Inventory and selecting Properties. If disabled, properties will be shown within the Inventory window instead.
  • Use stand-alone windows:
    • Group profiles: If enabled, group profile windows will open in separate windows; if disabled, they will open in the same window, with the second opened replacing the first.
    • Teleport history: if enabled, teleport history will open in a window separate from the landmarks window.
    • Block/mute list: Keeps the list of blocked residents separate from the people panel.
    • Landmarks, place details and teleport history details: Similar to the above, but keeps each type of “location” window separate, rather than grouping onto a single window.
  • Extend teleport history by: Enable these options to record additional information in your teleport history:
    • Position
    • Date
  • Contact list options: Options concerning what is shown in your friends list, and how it is sorted.
    Note that some options have no effect if you have the corresponding option disabled in Prererences → General. For example, if you have disabled display names, then sorting your friends list by display name will have no effect, and therefore is best set to Username.
    • Visible name columns: Here you can select which name colums to shwo in your friends list: username, display name, or full name (see below).
    • Sort list by: What to use to sort your friends list, username or display name.
    • Show full name as: a full name can be shown as Username (Display name), or Display name (username).
    • Show permissions column: If enabled, this shows what permissions you have granted to each friends (eg, online status, edit rights, showing location on map, etc), and which they have granted to you.
    • Show search filter: adds a search box to the list window.
  • Inventory Options:
    • Hide empty system folders from inventory: If enabled, the inventory window will not display any system folders (eg, Favorites, Landmarks, etc) that have nothing in them.
    • Show the Received Items folder in normal inventory: If enabled, this folder will be show in the normal inventory list of folders, rather than as a panel under the folder list.
      • Always show Received Items buttons at th bottom of inventory: Only available if the option above is enabled. When this is on, you will also have the button showing on the inventory window.
    • Allow separate search terms on each tab in inventory: If enabled, you can enter different words/phrases in the search bar of the Inventory window: each of Inventory, Recent and Worn can be searched independently.


  • Notification Display Settings (Popups, console, toasts): This is where you can fine tune the way your “Toasts” look and act:
    • Space between lowest Toast and bottom (pixels)
    • Notification Toast life (seconds): How long group notices remain open.
    • Tip Toast life (seconds): applies to notificants such as after a TP, you see “Teleport completed from…”. Also includes the friend on/offline notification toasts.
    • Nearby Chat Toast life (seconds)
    • Nearby Chat Toast z-offset (pixels)
    • Nearby Chat Toast fade time (seconds)
    • Startup toast life (seconds)
    • Normal Toast fade time (seconds)
    • Gap between Toasts (pixels)
    • Height of Overflow Toast (pixels)
    • Width of Nearby Chat Toast (%)
  • Show toasts in front of other windows: If enabled, toasts will always stay above (cover) any other open windows; otherwise, other widows will be allowed to cover, and potentially hide, toasts.
  • Use new region restart notification: Enable this to use the new system for region restart notifications, which can include a distinctive sound and screen shake.
    The alert sound feature can be enabled/disabled in Preferences → Sound & Media -> UI Sounds 3.
    • Don't shake my screen when the region restart alert message is shown: Check this to disable the screen shake feature.

Font Tab

  • Font Scheme: Allows you to choose one of the following fonts from the drop down menu.
    • Dyslexia:
    • Celestia medium redux:18)
    • Droid:
    • Mobi:
    • Ubuntu:
    • Liberation:
    • Deja Vu:
    • Roboto:
    • Noto:
  • Font Size Adjustment: Lets you change the size of the font. NOTE that this may cause issues.
  • Chat Line spacing: spacing between lines of text.
  • Folder Item Height: Height of items in inventory.

See this page for documentation on Firestorm 5.0.11 (53634) and earlier.

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  • preferences_ui_extras_tab.txt
  • Last modified: 2018/07/24 17:33
  • by anastasia.horngold