If at any point you feel confused or desire more assistance in avatar creation and/or navigation of Second Life, please feel free to contact us and someone will happily assist you in your virtual orientation and exploration.
The first time you log in, you will start on Orientation Island by default, unless you picked an alternate location during registration. Second Life provides you with a tutorial to learn the basics of Second Life.
You can also view the offical Second Life 2.0 Quick Start Guide on the Second Life website.
To gain access to the rest of the Second Life world, you must leave Orientation Island. To do this, find and touch one of the "Enter Second Life" signs on the island. Once you leave Orientation Island, you cannot return to it.
You can navigate using either keyboard shortcuts or interface controls. To access the interface controls, click on the "Move" or "View" button located on the bottom bar of your screen. These pop-up menus are docked by default but can be dragged and placed wherever you desire on your Second Life client screen.
Try out the different buttons to see how they affect your movement and camera views.
If you prefer to use the keyboard to navigate, feel free to download and print this Second Life Keyboard Shortcuts PDF for easy reference.
There are also a few basic movement keys mapped out below to get you started.
Unlike in the physical world, you have the ability to fly in Second Life. Open the "Move" menu, and click on the image of a flying figure to begin flight. Click the "Stop Flying" button to land. Pushing the "Home" or "F" button on your keyboard will have the same effect as the fly/stop flying buttons. Use "Page Up" and "Page Down" (or Fn + Up/Down on a Mac) on your keyboard to control your elevation. All other movement controls remain the same.
Teleporting (TPing) is the quickest way to get to a new location. You can find the world map in the right-hand pop-out sidebar under the tab that has the Second Life icon on it (shaped like a hand).
For example, to get to Beaver Island, open the world map and type "Oregon State University" in the "Find" bar. Click "Find," and then "Teleport."
You can also use the search box in the upper right-hand side of your Second Life client to find pleaces, people, or groups. The "Destination Guide" tab frequently has lots of interesting and beautiful builds to explore that are a mixture of educational and fun.
You can send an IM in three different ways:
Local Avatars: Right-click on an avatar (or find their name in the "Nearby" list in your sidebar) and select "IM"
Contacts: Click on a name in your Contact list and select "IM"
Not Local or in Contacts: Do a profile search (Enter an avatar name in the search field in the upper right, designated by a magnifying glass) and click on "IM"
Instant messages do not have distance limits like the general local chat does.
You will need a microphone and speakers to use voice chat.
For general voice chat, you can toggle voice on and off using the "Speak" button located on the bottom bar of your Second Life client screen. The icon will turn green when voice is activated. You can also have private voice chats with other avatars by going to their profile and selecting "Call."