FAQ:Composing Posts

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A special thanks to ONEBGG for his dedication to maintaining the TEST Board. He has graciously allowed us to use his posts in explaining the Tips and Tricks that explain these processes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I post a new message?

Go to the message list of the board you would like to compose a message on. Example: The Question and Answer Board Message List

In the box that says "Write a New Post" you can simply start typing the content of your post. When completed, click on Submit. Note to Preview your post prior to submitting, you will instead need to click on "Full Editor" below that box. A new box will pop-up that will give you the option to Preview the message prior to posting it publicly.

How do I delete a message?

Users cannot delete a message unless they are a Moderator on the board.

How do I edit a message?

When viewing the post, there is a link to Edit Msg with a number indicating how many minutes remain for editing. There is a 15 minute window to edit any post.

How do I add a link in my message?

Go to the top of your screen where you see "address". Highlight (hold the left mouse button down as you move your cursor across the text) the entire line beginning with "http". Right click and move the arrow down to "copy". Then place your cursor where you want this information to be copied, right click and select "paste" and Voila!

To see an example go to http://investorshub.advfn.com/uimage/uploads/2010/11/6/zqlknURL4.jpg

How do I italicize portions of my message?

[i]text you would like in italics[/i]

How do I bold?

[b]text you would like in bold[/b]

How do I underline?

[u]text you would line underlined[/u]

How do I change the color?

Click here: Color

How do I change the font size?

Font size changes in posts are not allowed.

How do I insert a bulleted list?

List of lines:
[list][*]Line 1 here
[*]Line 2 here
[*]Line 3 here
[*]Line 4 here
[/list]And that is how it is done.

Results in:

List of lines:

  • Line 1 here
  • Line 2 here
  • Line 3 here
  • Line 4 here

And that is how it is done.

And an Ordered list, you ask?

List of lines:
[olist][*]Line 1 here
[*]Line 2 here
[*]Line 3 here
[*]Line 4 here
[/olist]And that is how it is done.

Results in:

List of lines:

  1. Line 1 here
  2. Line 2 here
  3. Line 3 here
  4. Line 4 here

How do I embed a Youtube video?

Working Example: https://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=158735319

Here's the YouTube URL:


See the part between v= and the ampersand? iPUmE-tne5U'

Put that between [yt][/yt]

[yt]iPUmE-tne5U[/yt] is what would go into your post.

Note that the video currently doesn't appear on Preview, but will once you post the message.

How do I link to another board?

Click here: Linking to Boards

How do I link to another post?

Click here: Linking to Posts

How do I link text or an image to the Web?

Click here: Linking to the Web

How do I put sounds in my post?

Click here: Adding Sounds

How do I post charts?

Stockcharts.com Chart & Link Posting 101 (Thanks Quasi)

Head's up - no more than 4 live charts per iBox/post (Thanks again Quasi)

Posting a Chart from other websites

iHub/ADVFN Charts

How do I add an image in the ibox?

To add an image in the ibox place your cursor where you want the image and click the icon above the ibox that looks like a mountain with the sun overhead. That will open a box where you insert a link to the image. Then hit OK.

The picture in the following post might be helpful when putting a chart in the ibox: http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=47138042

How do I add a picture?

First, you need to convert it if the image is not jpeg or gif or a png: Image conversion

Then, you need to upload it: Uploading Images

Lastly, post it: Posting Images

Or Images from Photobucket: Photobucket

Or Images from Imageshack: Imageshack

How do I add a stock quote?

[t]ticker symbol here[/t]
Ra2.gif Adding Quote Example

How do I create and upload a screen shot using Windows XP?

You can make a copy of your screen by holding down the ALT key and pressing the Prt Scr (print screen) key. That key is usually on the upper right side of your keyboard and may also be called "insert". Now you have a copy of active window in your clipboard.

Go to the start button/All Programs/Accessories/Paint.

After the Paint program opens click on Edit/paste.

At this point you could save and post the entire page but I suggest you crop it down a bit to show only the relevant areas and then save and post it. No need for people to see the very top or bottom of your screen. So here is how we will crop it and save it to your computer.

Click on the selection tool right under the Edit button.

With the left mouse button held down, start at the top left of the area you want to keep and drag a box down and to the right. Let go of the button. If you don’t quite like the area selected, hit the Esc button on your keyboard and try again.

When you are satisfied with the area you want to keep, hit Edit/Cut. Now the area you want is on your clipboard so we throw away the rest by clicking on File/New. A message pops up. Click on NO.

Click on Edit /Paste now and see your picture. Now all you have to do is save it.

Click on File/Save as, and go to your Pictures Folder. At the bottom of that window where it says “Save as type” click the dropdown arrow and change file type to JPEG. Give your picture a name. Click Save.

You can now upload your picture to your iHub Photo Gallery, grab the link that it creates for you, and post it in a message.


  • PicPick allows you to easily capture full screen or capture only the active window or capture a selected region of the screen.

Related Pages

User Handbook: Composing Posts