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You may take the following steps on the page where the portlet appears or on the main or full view of the portlet.  (You can get to the full view by clicking on the title of the portlet or the "Go to Main Screen" link in the bottom right corner of the portlet.)
  • Click on the (Customize) icon on the right hand side of the title bar of the forums portlet to open the Customize Portlet window.
  • You will be on the Preferences tab.  The options are described below. 
  • Make your changes.
  • Click Save. 
  • When you have finished making changes, click on Exit to return to the main view of the portlet.
Preferences Tab
These settings are related to your own personal view of the forum and are not default settings for all users of the forum!
Default Screen Topic - You may select one of the topics in the forum portlet to be displayed when you view the portlet on the originating page.  The portlet on the originating page will now display a View All Topics link beneath the list of posted messages for the default topic chosen.   You may also go to the main or full view to see all topics.
Default Message View (Forums Only) - You may choose to view Multiple Messages at one time, or a Single Message, when you click on a thread in a topic.
Messages per Page - If you have chosen to view multiple messages in the above setting, you may choose to display 5, 10, 25 or 50 messages at a time when you click on a topic. This setting is also used for the number of messages displayed per page in your Search Results.