How to use the IFC

Hello,
Recently there has been a splurge of new comers, who don’t necessarily know how to use the IFC, and all the functions it has. In this post, I will cover how to do everything.

Hide Details

Want to type something that you don’t want to be clearly shown? Click the settings icon on the top right, and type what you want in between the 2 boxes, naming your words on the top in between the brackets. Aka, what I am doing right now. 😉

Bold

Want to make your words bold? On the top left, you’ll see a “B”. Click that, and type your words in between the two asterisks.

Italics

Sometimes you need to make a word or two italicized. To do so, hit the “I”, located on the top left by the “B”.

Hyperlink

Want to link something that anyone can easily click and read? Click the link icon, insert the URL, and name it on the box below.

Image Uploading

Have an image you would like to upload? Click the arrow in the top middle that appears to be pointing up, and then select the file you would like to upload.


Wait for the “uploading…” to change to the picture name, or the percent uploaded to go to 100% and then disappear. You can also use the preview button to see if it has uploaded.

Indenting

One of those English buffs who likes to indent? No problem! Simply hit the arrows on the top middle and that have the slash on between them.

Bullet points and number listing

A lot of times we need to bullet point things, and sometimes even number things off. To do so is quite simple. On the top right, you will see a bullet point and number list icon. Click whichever one you what to use, and a bullet list and number list will automatically generate.

Blockquotes

Blockquotes aren’t the most common feature on the IFC, but if you wish to use them, hit the icon - ” and it will make a Blockquote for you.

Blurspoilers

Similar to the “hide details” feature, Discourse also has a feature where you can hide text, which can be readible if a member clicks the blurred text. To blur your text, click the settings icon, then click “Blur Spoiler”.

Polls

Polls are used to see what the community thinks on a certain matter. To make one, click the settings icon, and then click “Build Poll”.

Date Insert

Jackbot, aka @Balloonchaser shows us how to insert dates in this topic:
Discourse Update - "Insert Date" Feature

Page Break

To seperate parts of your post simply type;

 ____

To get a result like this:


Large Heading Text

Make text bigger?
Before your writing, simply type a #. For example

# Heading

Gives the result of;

Heading

Large and Small Normal Text

Here’s another way to make your text bigger or smaller… without the bold.

Use <big text> to make:

THIS.

You can use <small text> to make:
this.

Text Surrounded by a box
<kbd>

Gives the result of
Text box

Table

One that has been asked quite often is a grade table. To achieve this you must use the following format

| (Option 1) | (Option 2) | (Option 3) |
|---|---|---|
| Column 1 | Column 2 | Column 3 |

And so on
This turns out like;

(Option 1) (Option 2) (Option 3)
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
Centered Text

To get centered text, use:

<div align=Center>

Giving a result of;

Centered Text
No-Link Blue Text

This works similarly to hyperlinks. To get a non-link blue text, use:

[TEXT]()

…And you will have this:

TEXT
Note that the blank parentheses will not allow the text to function as a link. This can be used simply as decoration or emphasis.

Text underliner

Do you want to underline your text?


Just type:

[u]underline[/]

Results:

underline

Green Text

< ins >

Result

Test

Red Crossed Out Text

< del > (without the spaces in between the alligator mouth things)

To get the result of Test


Thanks for reading and I hope this topic will confuse any confusion regarding use of the IFC. Also, thanks to @Josh for some extra content I did not originally display.

Safe flying!

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I wonder if a mod could make this a wiki…

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This looks like a brilliant summary. Thanks!
You could even consider to put little mini pictures in there, with screenshots of the correct thing to use. Just a though I had… 😉

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Thanks for the info ✌️

Don’t forget text alignment! I find it quite useful for presentation

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@Nate_Schneller Text alignment is mostly used for VA main thread formats, therefore I did not consider it a necessity to put in this post.

Date inserts are only usually used with events. Your point?

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Looking good Delta
May I suggest a few formatting ‘tricks’

Page Break

To seperate parts of your post simply type;

 ____

To get a result like this:


Large Heading Text

Make text bigger?
Before your writing, simply type a #. For example

# Heading

Gives the result of;

Heading

Text Surrounded by a box
<kbd>

Gives the result of
Text box

Table

One that has been asked quite often is a grade table. To achieve this you must use the following format

| (Option 1) | (Option 2) | (Option 3) |
|---|---|---|
| Column 1 | Column 2 | Column 3 |

And so on
This turns out like;

(Option 1) (Option 2) (Option 3)
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3

Remember, you can combine formatting options!
For example

# <kbd> Large Text surrounded by a box

Gives

Large a Text Surrounded by a box


Centred Text

Want to know how to centre your text?
Simply type

<div align=Center>

To get the result of:

Centred text

REGULARS: don’t bother adding stuff below here, it won’t work. Add it below all the options at the top

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Made a Wiki.

May I suggest adding some more content in terms of examples, pictures displaying a button here & there etc instead of just plain descriptions. This could turn out to be a good manual for formatting :)

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Ok will do. Thanks for the input.

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Just put in some minor trick I just picked up while toying around.

No-Link Blue Text

I see this as being used as decorative material in presentative threads. A big part of it works like hyperlinks.

To get it, type this in.
[TEXT]()

The result:
TEXT

The blank parentheses will not allow the text to function as a link, just leaving it blue. Touching it won’t do anything

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Thank you so much! I really needed this!

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Do you want to underline your text?


Just type:

[u]underline[/u]

Results:

underline


Try this cool feature

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I’d like to add to that, if you want more options,
you have to add more of:

|—|

E.G. If you want 4 options, you put down four of these ^

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Centered Text

Thanks guys!

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Your < and > were replaced. Most likely from copy and pasting. replace &gt; and &lt; with < and >

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Also, you don’t need that extra div at the end ;) just the

“<divalign=center> will do.

Just put a space between the div and the align and you’re all set

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I’ve been on this forum for nearly two years and only now have learned how to make text surrounded by a box…

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Strikethrough text can be made with standard html… simply type: <s>this text is strikethrough</s> and you’ll end up with this:

this text is strikethrough

testing testing testing