Bridge Base Online Help

Options

1. Changing sizes

You can make Bridge Base Online (BBO) fill up your entire screen by hitting the F11 key on your keyboard. Hitting F11 again will restore your screen to its normal state.

The main part of the BBO screen (where the bridge table appears), is separated from the chat area below it and the area to the right of it by two "sliders". If you click on these sliders and, while holding your mouse down, drag your mouse to a new location, you can resize the various elements of the BBO screen.

Some of the dialog boxes that are used in BBO (Convention Cards and BBO Now, for example) can be resized and repositioned.

The types of settings are saved according to your User ID when you log off. They will be remember when you next log in to BBO with the same User ID on the same computer.

2. The Options button

The Options button (on the BBO Navbar at the top of the screen), can be used to customize how BBO looks and behaves. Clicking this button will reveal a menu with these items:

  • Sound

  • Turns sound effects on or off. A check mark will appear to the left of this menu item only if sound is turned on.

  • Pictures of cards

  • Bridge deals in BBO can be displayed either with pictures of playing cards or hand diagrams (like those that appear in newspaper bridge columns). This menu item allows you to switch between these two modes. A check mark will appear to the left of this menu item only if pictures of cards mode is selected.

    This menu item impacts only the display of bridge deals that appear when you are at a table. To change settings like Pictures of cards for bridge deals that appear in other areas of BBO (such as in My Results), used the Options buttons that appear on those respective areas.

  • Bigger Chat Font
  • Smaller Chat Font

  • These two menu items allow you to change the size of the font that is used to display chat messages in the area at the bottom of your screen.

  • More Options...

  • Clicking this menu item will result in the Options dialog box being displayed.

    3. The Options dialog box

    The Options dialog box allows you to set the most important options that are available in the BBO software. It consists of two tabs: Basic Options and Advanced Options

    If you change any of these options the change will take effect immediately and the new setting you select will be saved according to your User ID. These settings will be remembered when you next log in to BBO with the same User ID on the same computer.

    The following options can be set through the Basic Options tab:

    Table Options

  • Pictures of cards or Hand diagrams

  • Bridge deals at a table will be displayed using either pictures of cards or hand diagrams according to which of these options is selected. Clicking Pictures of Cards will uncheck the Hand Diagrams option, and vice versa.

  • Card animation

  • Controls whether or not animation effects will be used when cards are played. In Pictures of cards mode, animations consist of the cards appearing to "drift" to the center of the screen when they are played. In Hand diagram mode animations consist of cards "fading in" at the center of the screen when they are played.

  • Big cards

  • This option (which only has an impact in Pictures of cards mode) controls which of two sizes of "decks" will be used to display the cards. BBO members with poor eyesight are likely better off using the bigger size deck. The smaller deck provides enough space to place the auction in the middle of the table and, in general, provides a less-cluttered look.

  • Confirm Bids
  • Checking this box gives you an OK button on the bidding box to click after you make your bid. Default option is unchecked.

  • Confirm Cards
  • Checking this box requires you to double click on cards to be played as declarer (for both your hand and dummy), or as a defender, Default option is unchecked.

    General Options

  • Sound effects

  • Turns sound effects on or off.

  • Notify me when a friend logs in

  • When this option is selected an automated chat message will be generated every time one of your friends logs in.
    These notifications make it easy to greet your friends by private chat: click on your friend's name to the left of the automated message, type your greeting at the very bottom of the chat area, and then click the "Chat" button.

  • Notify me through chat when a vugraph match starts

  • When this option is selected an automated chat message will be generated every time a vugraph operator begins a match.
    These notifications make it easy to avoid missing the great live bridge games broadcasts from around the world.

  • Chat font size

  • Changes the size of the font that is used to display chat messages at the bottom of the screen. Use the small arrows to alter the chat font size from the smallest size (8) to the largest font (24) - use the up arrow to change to a bigger font, and the down arrow to change to a smaller font size.

    The following options can be set through the Advanced Options tab:

  • Show profile upon mouse over

  • If this option is selected, holding your mouse over the name of a member will result in a User Profile pop-up for that member being displayed. If this option is not selected it is necessary to click on a member's name in order to display a User Profile pop-up for that member.

  • Click name in chat for profile

  • If this option is selected, clicking the username for a BBO member will pop up their profile with your cursor in the chat portion of their profile, ready for you to start typing.
    If this option is not selected it is necessary to click on a member's name in order to display a User Profile pop-up for that member.

  • Autoplay Singletons

  • If this option is selected, a singleton in the suit led will be played automatically.

  • Keyboard entry for bidding/play

  • The keyboard focus is in an area in which the user can type (such as the area in which you type a chat message). Keystrokes you use with this option are not case-sensitive.

    1. If it is the user's turn to bid:

    P/D/R for Pass, Double, Redouble. A number between 1 and 7 followed by C/D/H/S/N to make a bid

    2. If it is the user's turn to play:

    If he is following suit, just typing the rank of the card (2, 3, 4, ... T, J, Q, K, A) is sufficient
    If he is discarding or leading to a new trick, type the suit (C/D/H/S) followed by the rank. Either 1 or T can be used to play a 10

    3. Any character that is not interpreted by BBO as an attempt to bid or play is assumed to be an attempt to start a chat message. The character is sent to the chat-entry area and the keyboard focus is moved there. If the keyboard focus is in an area in which you can type, click anywhere on the table surface (i.e., the big green rectangle), in order to activate keyboard entry for bidding/play. BBO can interpret an attempt to chat as an attempt to bid or play, so activating Confirm Cards and Confirm Bids is a good idea with Keyboard Entry enabled.

    4. The "A" key can be used to toggle the alert button on/off.

    5. If you are leading to a trick or discarding and have only one card of a particular rank, you don't have to specify the suit in order to play that card. For example, if you have only 1 King, typing K will play that card.

  • Private chat font size

  • Changes the size of the font that is used to display private chat messages in the Private chat tab of User Profile popups. Use the small arrows to alter the private chat font size (up arrow for bigger, down arrow for smaller).

  • Kibitzing

  • The Kibitzing default is show all hands, but you can customize this option to show just one hand by clicking the down arrow. This extremely useful option allows you to focus on just one hand when attending online lessons with your favorite mentor, or if you want to study the bidding techniques of just one player. You must be at a table to change this option. It is greyed out if you are not at a table kibitzing.




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