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What is mIRC ? 

IRC stands for "Internet Relay Chat". It was originally written by Jarkko Oikarinen in 1988. Since starting  in Finland, it has been used in over 60 countries around the world. IRC is a multi-user chat system,where people  meet on "channels" to talk in groups, or privately. As a user you run a "client" program which connects to a "server"  in an IRC network. mIRC is an IRC Chat client for Windows, developed and copyrighted by Khaled Mardam-Bey. 

What do I need to run mIRC?

mIRC will work on Windows 3.x, Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, and NT. mIRC will not work on Windows  CE, or on the Atari, Commodore, WebTV, Macintosh, UNIX or Linux operating systems. However, all IRC programs  for WebTV, Linux, Mac's etc. are perfectly mIRC compatible. With all IRC programs you will see  all your friends using IRC with mIRC, and vice versa.

Users have also reported using mIRC succesfully on OS/2-Win and on Linux with the Windows emulator Wine, and in  a virtual Windows environment on the Macintosh. There also is a perfect IRC client forMac's, written by Onno R. Tijdgat, called Ircle.

Besides running MS-Windows you need to have an internet account and a properly installed Winsock. If you can use   E-mail, News or other internet programs from within Windows already, you can safely assume you have both. It does   not matter what kind on internet connection you use. MIRC will work fine with modems, cable connections, DSL, ADSL, and all sorts of network solutions.  

What does mIRC look like?

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How do I move from room to room?

If you are connected using the MTrader version of mIRC, you should be automatically connected to all MTrader rooms,   and you will see a row at the top of your screen with a button for each room. If they are active, they will turn red. To   move from room to room, simply click those buttons. If you would like to tile the rooms so that you can view them    simultaneously, there is a “tile” and a “cascade” button in the tool bar at the top of your screen. 

To close a room, click on the X in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. But be aware that after you close a room, there is no way to retrieve the conversation.

To join, or rejoin a room, simply type the command /join followed by the room you would like to enter.  For example   /join #mtclass or /join #mtrader . All commands in mIRC start with a forward slash, the "/". Anything that does not   begin with "/" is assumed to be a message to someone and will be sent to your current channel, or to the person you are chatting with in a private chat. 

How do I talk in mIRC?

At the bottom of your mIRC screen, you will see a space with a cursor. Type your message into that space, and hit  enter on your keyboard. There is no need to type in your name, it will appear automatically with your post. Don’t be  shy, we love to hear from each and every member and trialer!

How do I private message someone?

To the right of your screen you will see a list of names (aka “nicks”). Those are members who are currently in the   room. At the top of the nick list with @ beside their names, are ops. They moderate the channel and are there to help you.

A private message is referred to as a “DCC”, which stands for a Direct Client to Client connection. By double clicking  on any name in that list, you will open another room with that person alone, where you can have a private conversation.  No one in the chat can see this conversation, so you are assured of absolute privacy.

How do I post my trades? 

To post a trade, use the command /me followed by your post. Your name will appear automatically, and your posted   trade will be in fuchsia color. Posting trades is encouraged! We do ask however that trades are posted as timely as possible, in the spirit of education and community. 

How do I use Copy and Paste?

In channel and DCC chat windows, mIRC uses a nice select-and-copy-in-one-move feature. Copying is done   automatically as soon as you release the mouse button you used to select the text with. Just highlight the text and   release. Use ctrl-v to paste the copied text, or right click and select “paste”.  All text shown in mIRC outside the channel windows (in settings, menu's, dialogs and on the edit box line) can be copied, cut and pasted normally using   the ctrl-c, ctrl-x and ctrl-v key combinations. 

Is mIRC secure?

To increase security, MTrader is hosted on a private server. However, always protect yourself from viral infections on  any IRC channel by never ever accepting files from strangers, and by never ever opening executables, scripts or other  files that could contain macro's. And use a good virus scanner for every file people sent to you! 

How do I register mIRC ?

mIRC is a shareware program in the true spirit of the internet. At the end of a 30 day evalution period, you are asked  to voluntarily pay a one-time small registration fee of $20. This allows Khaled, mIRC's author, to go on developing and  supporting mIRC with the same spirit and enthusiasm as he has shown over the past several years. Your registration of mIRC will support the future of mIRC's www pages for help, hints and support and encourage the development of mIRC,  its help files and the FAQ. 

Where can I find help?  

In the tool bar of mIRC, to the right, you will see a small red and white life preserver symbol. This is the mIRC help menu, which includes mIRC instructions and many helpful tips.

More information…

If you need more information about mIRC, including how to customize your fonts, colors, backgrounds and sounds,   please visit where you will find a comprehensive FAQ.  Part of the information on this page is from and we are grateful for their help. IRC beginners might also want to visit a great site with lots of helpful

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