A macro allows you to assign a message to an abbreviation, so you can send that message quickly using the abbreviation.
To set a macro you type: $rules=1. no spam 2. no flaming into the chatbox. This will create a macro named "rules." The message assigned to this macro is "1. no spam 2. no flaming."
After setting the macro, the help system will confirm by saying $rules=1. no spam 2. no flaming.
When the macro is set you can now just type: $rules into the chat box and it will be replaced with the rules you set above.
To change the rules macro you type: $rules=1. no spam 2. no flaming 3. no asking for mod.
Now whenever you type $rules into the chat box it will be replaced with your rules.
To delete a macro type: $rules=.
To view all macros you have set, type $=
Note that macro names are case sensitive, so using all lowercase letters for your macro names is recommended.
You can set macros for any purpose. E.g.
$fav=(d#r#loser#g) for easy use of custom smilies, now you just type: $fav $effect=g#bye to store an effect which you would use like this: (redface#$effect) $announce=Tonight at 7pm we will have a live radio show on the chat for a phrase you want to say often
Note: This is an experimental feature and macros are only stored on your local computer in your flash cookies (sol)
You might also want to see HelpMacros
Macros can also be used to store certain xat chat settings. For example, if you experience lag, you can use these macros to disable features:
$sanimate=off $avatars=off $glitter=off $animate=off $flix=off $gback=off $SetStatus=off
These macros will disable smiley animations, avatars, glitter effects, animated avatars, flix animation, gback power, and statuses, respectively. They can be combined.