The title is inspired by the many culinary video tutorials I’ve been watching lately (in my personal life, I’m learning how to cook)… WELCOME to Second Life Tip of the Week (SLTotW)… NUMBER SEVEN!
Just about all of us know what the pie menu is: right-click an avatar, object, or even the ground terrain and you get slices o’ options to choose from. Often, the pie menu provides an easy pathway to features also found elsewhere, yet sometimes, it provides the only pathway.
Today, I’m going to show you:
- A basic refresher on how to use the pie menu
- How to invite someone to a group from the pie menu (NEW!)
- Inspecting object details via the pie menu (Resident requests!)
- How make the pie menu come up as the default action when you left-click
- Changing the appearance of the… you guessed it, pie menu
Have a looksee and learn the fun way!
And, BONUS! Since I didn’t get enough time to explore the wilder customizations of the pie menu, here’s a mini-tutorial for you to clip-‘n’-save:
HOW TO CUSTOMIZE (aka “PIMP OUT”) YOUR PIE MENU
- In Second Life, press Ctrl-Alt-D on PC (some systems may need Ctrl-Alt-Shift-D) or Opt-Ctrl-D on Mac to enable Client menu. It’ll appear at the top of the screen next to the Help menu.
- Go to Client menu > Debug Settings. It’ll look similar to this:
- In the top text box, type in “PieMenuBgColor” (it’ll autocomplete”, and press Enter. Click the downward-pointing triangle arrow next to that text box and you’ll notice 4 related choices: PieMenuBgColor, PieMenuLineColor, PieMenuLineWidth, and PieMenuSelectedColor.
- WARNING: NOTE that the “Reset to default” button doesn’t initially work for the colors, and appears to bleach your pie menu white! RELOG to fix this. And for reassured reference, here are the defaults:
- Red = 62
- Green = 62
- Blue = 62
- Alpha = 150
- Red = 0
- Green = 0
- Blue = 0
- Alpha = 128
- Red = 183
- Green = 184
- Blue = 188
- Alpha = 77
- Select any of these options and begin customizing — the “Color” ones have a “Color” box in the lower-left which you can click and change via palette. “Alpha” is the transparency value (notice how you can normally see through the pie menu), so if you set Alpha to 255, that color will appear totally solid.
With a little practice, you should be able to get varied results like this (patriotique?):
or this (sci-fi froggy kinda):
what about this? (Inspired by iPod.)
or EVEN THIS?!! (I need not explain myself.)
Show me what ya come up with, k?
[UPDATE] Custom pie menu colors won’t persist across logins if you just edit them in Debug Settings, but Brent Linden has a handy tip here on how to make them “stick”. Thanx Brent!
Thankee for journeying with me, friends —
tips on how to reduce common annoyances in SL are up next!
Torley Linden is a Product Manager & more who regularly contributes to the Official Linden Blog. Read Torley’s previous posts. Torley co-hosts the User Interface and Release Candidate Bug Triages, come on over!