The Basic Second Life Navigation Tools
How to Move Around in Second Life
NMC has developed their own Orientation Island (OI) where you will develop the same skills as the SL OI, only better. They have created a wonderful space for skill building, with more in-depth coverage of each skill learned. Additionally, they have a building where you can pick up some professional looking clothes, complete professional looking avatars, and some teaching tools. All completely free of charge.
If you have already acquired your avatar through the SL web site or one of the other entry points, you can always teleport (tp) over to the NMC's OI at anytime. There is an SLurl under the the NMC section of this blog. Don't forget to make a Landmark at the NMC's OI so you can get back to do some more skill building after some exploring.
Whichever OI you land on will take you through the skills you need to know how to navigate SL: Walking, flying, driving, chatting, changing your appearance, picking up things, and learning how to search. All of the basic navigation skills are covered. It is very tempting to skip this training and jump right into the world and start exploring. Doing so will put you at a disadvantage and could make your first steps into the SL environment frustrating ones. So spend some time going through the training on the OI. You'll use these basics every day.
Directional Arrow Keys and WEASDFC on the Keyboard
Holding the keys will keep you moving, releasing stops the movement.
Flying - Home & Page Up and Page Down (fly up/fly down) Keys
Pressing the Page Up key once will cause you to jump into the air.
Once airborne, if you can release the Page Up key, you will go into a hover state.
Holding the Page Up and Down Keys will put you up higher/lower into the air.
Using the Directional Arrows While Flying
You can only fly up to about 200 meters. Anything higher than that will require special devices or TPs such as, a Flight Feather, a Landmark, or TP to a skybox or building platform.
On laptops, you can use the E key to become airborne and move upwards, and the C key to move down and land back on the ground.
NOTE: Use the Spacebar to break the free fall. You can slowly put yourself on the ground by releasing and reapplying the spacebar.
Viewing The World
You can do this with a three-button mouse and wheel, or your keyboard modifiers, comd/control, option/alt, and shift keys in various combinations.
Basic Controls You Should Be Familiar With
The Mouse Wheel
Alt-Click Keyboard Combo
A straight, alt-click anywhere, on something or someone, and the spot clicked on will become centered in your window.
If you move your mouse with the alt key down, you can rotate your view horizontally around to see your face. This is a little tricky at first but a very useful skill to learn.
Alt-click on the back of your head, keep the alt key down, and move the mouse at the same time to rotate your view to your face.
Hit the Escape key twice to return your view to normal.
Alt-Click Control/Command Keyboard Combo
Adding The Shift key
Right-Clicking - On Yourself, Others, and Objects
These options will change depending on what it is you're right-clicking on.
You can use this pie menu to buy items (even if they are free), find out the name of the creator of objects, look at other people's profiles, change your clothes, and edit items to name only a few.
If the menu options have a little > character with the menu titles, this > indicates that there are more options in the menu item.