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How I customized my own "home page" for QB

Old 11-06-2011, 06:11 PM
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When I was working for a large municipality, I found some software upgrades sort of overwhelming, even when I liked the new features. To feel more comfortable while I learned the new environment, I always created a sort of “home page” to get comfortable with the new views and organization.

I will post the steps I took and a couple of more screenshots, in case you’d like to try this approach.

This post has a screenshot of my “home page” for QB. It has restored my comfort level even though I haven’t mastered too many of the new tools that are now available. It shows only the Threads and Forums I want to see when I log in to QB.

I will post the steps and other screenshots in other posts, so read on if you think you'd like to do this.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:17 PM
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When I opened QB and clicked on HOME, I saw a list of all of the forums and a green circle with a check mark to the right of every forum, indicating that I was subscribed to that forum. But, none of them showed up as “subscribed forums” under my SETTINGS.

It seems that you need to populate your “subscribed forums” list manually…but it seems you only have to do this once. So I went to HOME and opened each forum one at a time. At the top of each forum list there is a cream-colored bar and toward the far right on that bar is FORUM TOOLS.

Click on FORUM TOOLS and choose SUBSCRIBE TO THIS FORUM. Then you’ll see the screen below.

Choose whether you want to receive notifications from this forum only through the “control panel” (the Board) or whether you want to be notified by email. I chose “control panel” to cut down on the number of emails I receive. Be sure to click the blue ADD SUBSCRIPTION button when you’ve made your choice or your choice won’t “stick.” Do this with each forum. Now you’ve populated your “subscribed forums” list and can customize it as you want.
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To customize it, go to SETTINGS (at the far upper right of your screen, next to LogOut) and click on it. You should then have a screen that includes a list of “subscribed forums.”
Notice the green print below the description of each forum that says “Unsubscribe from this Forum.” Click on it to remove any Forums you don’t want to see on your own “home page.” You’ll see a little notice that you have been unsubscribed, then you should be returned automatically to your “home page.”
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Okay...I still have a lot to learn about posting and pictures and this is several steps, but you can have your own “home page” and have filtered out the forums you don’t want to see on a regular basis. You should also have your “subscribed threads” at the top of the page. You can unsubscribe from any threads that you no longer want to watch. This doesn’t affect your bookmarks.

Now, each time you open QB and log in, click first on SETTINGS to see your own “home page.”

Of course, you’ll still need to make some other choices about how you want to view Threads, how many days’ worth of Threads to display etc. Those choices are under SETTINGS-MY ACCOUNT-GENERAL SETTINGS.

Any time you want to see the full list of all available forums, just click on the Home button.

When I finish reading posts in a forum, I click on FORUM TOOLS and select MARK THIS FORUM READ. The threads will still be there, but the little envelope will be gray to show I’ve read that thread or marked it as read.

This “home page” has helped restore my comfort level again….now I can work on learning all the other tools. Using my SETTINGS page makes QB feel like home again! Now I can learn the cool new features!

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Old 11-06-2011, 06:24 PM
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Sorry that the pictures are so large, but it was the only way I could get the screen to be legible. If you'd like to have these steps by email, drop me a PM and I'll send them to you in a Word document.

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Well, aren't you helpful? A kind soul.
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:21 PM
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I previously thought of doing that, but did not want ANY notifications, through control panel or otherwise. do you get notifications?
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Thank you SO much, Anita and to all the other members finding way and method to help us all get the most out of the new QB. You guys are very much appreciated! I'm copy/pasting all of these into my own word document!
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Thank you! All help is appreciated and you did a great job of explaining this. I'm a retired teacher and now I enjoy being the student.
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Thanks for the tips - very helpful
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