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Q: Is it possible to set Fidolook as default mail and news client?
A: Yes. Fidolook will be used as default mail/news client '''while any
        Fidollok window is open'''. Outlook Express should be set as default
        mail client for it. It will process all e-mail links clicks,
        opening .eml - .nws files from Windows Explorer, context menu,
        new messages from address book and all create/open message events
        in Fidolook Express.

Q: Is it possible to download messages from several newsgroups or
        mailboxes simultaneously?
A: There are such (or similar) "hidden" possibilities: in contrast to
        OE, FidoLook? SL allows several own instances to run at the same
        time. So, you can run multiple FL instances and use them to
        synchronize different newsgroups. But not the same group - it's
        the only limitation.

Q: Is it possible to use Fidolook with Outlook (not with '''Outlook
A: _IP_: Due to scarce fantasy of _Microsoft_ with regard to its
        product names, some additional comments are required:
        - Outlook Express - is a program which's distributed with
          Internet Explorer;
        - Outlook - is an absolutely different program which's a part of
          Microsoft Office.
        Fidolook is created to work with Outlook Express, not with
        Outlook. Partly, it's possible to use Fidolook with Outlook
        (see next question/answer), but only for reading of newsgroups
        (it's described there how to make Outlook use Fidolook with
        Outlook Express for news reading).

Q: How to set up Fidolook for Microsoft Outlook 2000?
        Outlook\shell\open\command Put full path to FL here and add the
        /outnews option.

Q: How to view message without colors?
A: Hold ALT button while clicking on a message you want to view
        without colors - and it will be shown in the "original" OE view.

Q: How to view messages using DOS-866 encoding?
A: This encoding is not availible "by default" in "Select encoding"
        menu under "Select encoding" Fidolook Express toolbar button. But
        it's possible to add it in a simple way: Misc-> Auto Enc Setup...
        Clear all checkboxes in this dialog except for '''The corresponding
        encoding is supported on the system'''.

Q: Is it possible to remove a space before named quoting or change
        quoting marker?
A: Yes - open Template options, select the tab "Original" and choose
        corresponding options.

Q: How to activate X-Face support in Fidolook and where to find full
        information about it?
A: _AJS_: X-Face support currently is not included in the program
        distributive, that's why you have to download an archive (,
        which contains an additional DLL that provides X-Face support.
        Extract this DLL to the Fidolook program folder, and then use
        /Templates->General->Show-X-Face/ to set this feature on.

Q: How to add custom icon to message (X-Face) ?
A: _AJS_: First of all, please, prepare the picture you want to add
        in the BMP-format with 48x48 size + 2 colors. Then, go to and download the latest
        version of WinFace?. Run it, open prepared icon (press the Open
        button) and the corresponding X-Face string will be generated.
        Then, in your template add new _Header_ "X-Face" and the generated
        string as a value.

Q: Due to unknown reasons, the font used in preview pane header has
        changed, and now it looks like fixed.sys. Also, the "Attachment"
        button (Clip) disapeared... How to restore preview pane header to
        its normal layout?
A: _AN_: Just open /Misc->DocHost?/ and remove the check from _Use IE
        Browser Option Key Path_ option.

Q: After installation of the secure update for IE6? (q321232), SL
        stopped to show attached HTMLs? while option "Frame HTML" in
        Templates options is chosen. The only way to overcome it is
        converting to plain text. What to do?
A:_MLS_: Try this: /Templates->Settings->General->Inline/
A:_AN_: Also you may try to deactivate the
        /Misc->DocHost?->Enable-Controlling/ option and set _Internet Zone_
        in OE security settings (/Tools->Options->Security/).

Q: What is the best way to automatically insert password for Fido7
        every time a new message (aimed at this server) is created?
A: 1. Open Templates Settings.
        2. Choose Templates tab.
        3. Choose New Post.
        4. Choose Headers tab.
        5. Create Keywords header and set as its default value:
        6. Do not forget about Reply News and Forward News templates.
        7. Also do the same things for all the templates which are used to
           send messages in Fido.

Q: What do /Misc->DocHost?->Controlling-Download-and-Execution/
        settings mean and how can I use them to prevent virus penetrations
        (to protect PC against viruses)?
A: _SP_: The settings are responsible for controlling the process of
        downloading the parts of messages which are not attached and
        require downloading from web-server, and for controlling the
        HTML-code execution (both attached and downloaded from the server).
        Important: The settings of this tab override all similar
        settings both in IE and OE. These settings affect templates and
        HTML messages viewed without templates.
        /Enable controlling/ - turns on/off the Download controlling mode.
        /IMAGES, VIDEOS, BGSOUNDS/ - turn on these options to allow
        downloading and displaying them. If you turn off these options,
        images, videos and bgsounds will not be downloaded and you won't
        see them in the message.
        /NO SCRIPTS and NO JAVA/ - Scripts and Java-applets are not
        /NO ACTIVEX/ - ActiveX? objects are not downloaded.
        /NO RUN ACTIVEX/ - ActiveX? objects are not executed.
        /DOWNLOAD ONLY/ - the code of the page is downloaded (e.g., into
        the cache), but it isn't displayed.
        /NO FRAME DOWNLOAD/ - frames (the spammers' weapon :)) are not
        downloaded from the server (only the message contents is
        /RESYNCHRONIZE/ - this option will request the page's changes from
        the server: if the page has changed, it'll be reloaded.
        /NO CACHE/ - caching is not allowed (the data are reloaded each
        time the message is being viewed).
        /NO BEHAVIOURS/ - sorry, the information isn't available at the
        present moment
        /NO METACHARSET/ - the encoding stated in meta-tags is ignored
        /NO CLIENTPULL/ - sorry, the information isn't available at the
        present moment
        /SILENT/ - only for advanced users - suppresses all confirmation
        (warning) dialogs during download.
        /FORCE OFFLINE/ - always view documents in local offline mode. The
        document is isolated from the Internet without disconnection and
        stopping other online operations.
        /OFFLINE IF NOT CONNECTED/ - doesn't show the suggestion to
        connect, if there's no connection at the moment

Q: What do /Templates->Settings->General/ settings mean and how to
        use them as a protection against virus attacks?
A: _SP_: hese settings are used to adjust HTML-viewing mode:
        /Totally DO NOT use templates./ Templates aren't used at all -
        everything looks in the same way as in OE.
        /Do not use templates for messages in HTML format./ Templates
        aren't used for HTML-messages.

        The first 2 options actually disable Fidolook SL controlling
        features - all the responsibility is shouldered by OE, IE and the

        Then, there are advanced Fidolook SLsettings of HTML-viewing

        /Show PlainText? part instead HTML./ (100% safe variant) If this
        option is selected, only text (instead of whole HTML) is shown.
        It's important to mention, that not all the HTML-messages have
        text - but in the most cases those messages, which don't have it,
        contain dangerous attachments or try to do some illegal actions
        like downloading unknown pages and so on. Plain text mode is the
        simplest variant, which usually is quite enough - after you saw
        text view it's easy to decide what to do with this message - to
        delete or to see with more details.
        /Show HTML-code instead HTML./ (also 100% safe variant) It might
        be more suitable for advanced user because it allows to take a
        look on pure HTML code.
        /Show HTML frame and set Highest security level./ This variant is
        less safe than previous two, but more safe than OE's. Its
        disadvantage is that security level depends on Microsoft' mood.
        One may set the highest level (Restricted Zone), but it provides
        the same security level as it Internet Zone does.
        /Inline/ "Built-in" HTML. This is the least secure level, meaning
        that user absolutely trust system's security level (roughly
        speaking, it's something like /HTML Frame/ without /Set Highest
        security level/). But "the least secure" doesn't mean "absolutely
        unprotected" :).

        All variants have important advantage in comparison with OE's
        variant: Wed 02 June 2004 by reading in off-line or
        corresponding settings in
        /Misc->DocHost?->Controlling-Download-and-Execution/, like
        _No-run-ActiveX?_, _No-Java_ and so on. In this case, it's assumed
        that if Microsoft said that for instance ActiveX? won't be executed
        under such settigns, then it really will be so :).

Q: How to set up Templates so that a certain template is used for
        answering a concrete addressee, and another template is used for
        all other answers? The question is that when I mark an account
        check-box in the first template, this setting is automatically
        disabled for the other template.
A: _AN_: You can do that by specifying an advanced criterion
        (/Templates->Templates->Edit...->Criteria->/[Build]) in the
        following way:
        %if(%match(%faddreml(From),andrey_no <at>
        %then(use this template)
        You don't have to type all this in, just press [Build] and
        Fidolook SL will build it.
        _Note_, that this template will be chosen if the condition is
        matched and the expression is not empty, i.e. %then(use this
        template) or %then(1) or %then(blah-blah-blah) etc., but not
        %then() - the last one is an empty expression.
        The subsequent actions are based on the following logic:
        Q: What template is then used?
        /A:/ First of all, we'll seek the template with advanced criteria,
        then, if not found - with an account criterion, then, if not found
        again, the default one.
        Q: And if this template is used by default?
        /A:/ It'd be used.
        Q: And what if there's no default?
        /A:/ Then any to the discretion of Fidolook author.
        Q: And what if I don't have templates at all?
        /A:/ Then, what do you want from me? :)

        Setting the criterion of using a template from the list of
        accounts is the simplest type of criteria, which works as follows:
        each account may have only one corresponding template. It's 100%
        logically, because other conditions cannot be taken into account
        in this case.
        _Note:_ if the advanced criterion is set, then account criteria
        _are ignored_, and the condition of using the template is fully
        defined by the expression.

Q: I add my header to the template, but I cannot see it there. What
        should I do?
A: _AJS_: The header in the template should not end with : ,i.e. it
        is necessary to write "NewHeader?" instead of "NewHeader?:" (without
        quotation marks).

Q: How to transfer Fidolook (Outlook Express) settings to another
A:_GH_: For Outlook Express, Fidolook - in the following way:
        1. /Options->Maintenance->Store folder/, specify smth different
           from /Documents and Settings\folder\.../. For example,
           /c:\folder\mail/. Wait till the files are transferred.
        2. run regedit /ea MySettings?.reg HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities.
           After installing Windows 2000 the first thing to do is to
           execute this reg-file from Explorer or in any other way (do
           not run Outlook Express). This guarantees the preservation of
           all your settings: both Outlook Express and Fidolook.
        3. Find '''.wab files in your profile (in XP by default that is:
           \Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book\'''.wab)
           and save them - these are your address books.
A:_AEV_: As an addition to previous answer, it's also useful to
        transfer Fidolook settings stored in a file.
A:_MLS_: Or you can use bat-files like that:
        begin of SaveSettingsSL?.bat
        @echo off
        rem This batch file saves SL settings from the registry
        rem to files SLSave1.reg and SLSave2.reg
        regedit /ea SLSave1.reg HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities
        regedit /ea SLSave2.reg
        "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Account Manager"
        end of SaveSettingsSL?.bat

        begin of RestoreSettingsSL?.bat
        @echo off
        rem This batch file restores SL settings from previously saved
        rem files SLSave1.reg and SLSave2.reg to the registry
        if not exist SLSave?.reg goto noexist
        echo REGEDIT4 > "%TEMP%\$DelOld$.reg"
        echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities] >> "%TEMP%\$DelOld$.reg"
        echo [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Account
        Manager] >> "%TEMP%\$DelOld$.reg"
        start /wait regedit -s "%TEMP%\$DelOld$.reg"
        del "%TEMP%\$DelOld$.reg" > nul
        start /wait regedit -s SLSave1.reg SLSave2.reg
        goto exit
        echo Files SLSave1.reg and SLSave2.reg not exist in current
        end of RestoreSettingsSL?.bat

        The file SaveSettingsSL?.bat saves Fidolook settings to files
        SLSave1?.reg and SLSave2?.reg.
        The file RestoreSettingsSL?.bat restores the settings using
        SLSave1?.reg and SLSave2?.reg, if existent.

Q: Tell me please, what headers change standard Outlook Express
A: _AN_: The values of those headers are registered to the '''Outlook
        Express''' envelope It concerns only part of standard
        _editable_Outlook Express headers: To, Cc, Bcc, Reply-To,
        Newsgroups, Followup-To, Distribution, Keywords, and Subject. It's
        actual only in Fidolook SL.

        To change an account you should use the header:
        /att:athena-account-name/ (that's so-called account's "Display
        Name"). /att:athena-account-id/ (that's the account identifier,
        you can acquire the value from /Headers->Enum-Props/ or from the
        It's sufficient to specify one of the above headers (the correct
        one, of course), then Fidolook will act itself. The headers that
        were put to the label from the Fidolook Headers window are

        /FL-Draft-Attach/ - here you can specify one or several files to
        be attached. The separator is a semicolon(;) or a comma (,).
        _For example:_
        C:\SL diagnostic report.txt; C:\SL.exe, C:\
        In addition:
        1. You can specify a folder - in this case all files from the
           folder will be attached.
        2. You can use ''' and ? symbols to find files (as in system dialog
           Search) corresponding the conditions defined, e.g.:
        c:\SL.''' - all files named SL with any extension will be attached;
        c:\'''.txt - all txt-files will be attached et cetera.

        /FL-Draft-Charset/ - specify charset as type: koi8-ru or utf-8 or

        Generally speaking, these headers are artificial. As time goes by,
        the corresponding tabs will be added to the templates, with more

Q: Why does Fidolook cut the first and last paragraphs of the
        source message while answering? How to avoid it? Also, sometimes
        when I press the "Reply" button, I see only several lines of the
        source message (and it has more than 10 lines :-( ) - so, actually
        the quoting doesn't work. Are there any ways to correct it?
A: It looks like you have _GoldEd like quoter_ as a default quoter.
        In this case, the first paragraph is considered to be a greeting,
        and the last paragraph - a signature. To turn this off, go to
        /Templates(Ctrl+7)->Golded-like-color-quoter/ and turn off the
        option /[ ] Suppress greeting and signature./

Q: Why do they answer my e-mail?
A: _VP_: Many people, that write to fido-newsgroups via Demos gate,
        may notice, that fido-answers to their messages are frequently
        addressed not to a person, but to its e-mail ("Hello,
        vasya <at> !"). It may annoy you. But don't be offended by
        people writing from FIDO and their soft.
        As a rule, it's not their fault: many echo-hubs use ifmail as a
        mailing soft. This program derives the author's name from the
        kludge  <at> REPLYADDR, and not from the header From:. And in
         <at> REPLYADDR header created by gate, there's only a e-mail address,
        without the name.

        So, if you don't want to see e-mail instead of your name in
        answers to your messages, you should add a new header
        /X-FTN-REPLYADDR/ with a default value: %cacceml (%caccuser) to
        all templates you use for posting to newsgroups.

        If you use "plain" Outlook Express, you can just add your e-mail
        (without name!) to the field Reply-To in your news-account
        properties. But the first way, which uses X-FTN-REPLYADDR, is

        In the aforecited cases the kludge  <at> REPLYADDR created by Demos
        gate (2:5020/400) will contain your name and e-mail.

Q: I'd like to see something like "On Wednesday, September the 1-st,
        ... " in the greeting. How can I do it via using templates?
A: _AN_: That's an example of the template:
        %if (%match(%cWWWR,mn))%then(On Monday)
        %else(%if (%match(%cWWWR,tu))%then(On Tuesday)
        %else(%if (%match(%cWWWR,we))%then(On Wednesday)
        %else(%if (%match(%cWWWR,th))%then(On Thursday)
        %else(%if (%match(%cWWWR,fr))%then(On Friday)
        %else(%if (%match(%cWWWR,sa))%then(On Saturday)
        %else(%if (%match(%cWWWR,su))%then(On Sunday)
        %else(It's not known when))))))),
        cDDDDFR of the year %cYYYY, when the clocks show

        There's a general recommendation for the case of such complicated
        expressions: we recommend writing such expressions in HTML in case
        to evidently indicate spaces and divisions. The plain-text variant
        exists basically for backward compatibility and for simple

Q: How to activate yEnc support in Fidolook ?
A: _KZ_: Download archive _FLyEnc.dll_, which contains
        additional DLL. Extract this DLL to the Fidolook program folder,
        and then check /Misc->Other/[x]/Enable yEnc support/ is on.
        Required Fidolook a/69 and above.

Q: What is External Mask Handler (EMH)?
A: _AV_: External Mask Handler (EMH) - plugins (add-ons) for
        Fidolook that adding new masks. Information about that plugin
        available in it's distributive. General using:
        1. Create new folder named EMHS in Fidolook's folder.
        2. Unpack plugin in that folder (or any other specially created
        3. On Fidolook open Setting, Extended tab, press Refresh button.
           Your newly added plugin appears in the plugin list.
        4. Now that new mask is available in any edit field that allows
           mask entering due popup menu, External Masks.
        Required Fidolook a/77 and above.

Q: I can't see pictures attached to a message in Fidolook, but I
        can see them if this message is being viewed without a template?
A: _AJS_: If in the message's tags ([Ctrl][F3]) this picture is
        declared as:
        Content-Type: application/octet-stream;
        then Fidolook won't show such an attachment because it might be
        not safe. Otherwise, if it's declared as:
        Content-Type: image/jpeg
        but the attached picture is not shown anyway, then you may try to
        restore Content-Type settings on your computer by the means of the
        next file:
        begin of RestoreContentType?.reg

        "Content Type"="image/jpeg"

        "Content Type"="image/jpeg"

        "Content Type"="image/jpeg"

        "Content Type"="image/gif"

        "Content Type"="image/bmp"

        "Content Type"="image/gif"

        "Content Type"="image/png"
        end of RestoreContentType?.reg

        If you often receive such messages with attached pictures and
        wrong Content-Type (i.e. application/octet-stream), then you
        need to ask the sender of those letters to correct Content-Type
        settings on his computer.

Q: My name in the field From is written in my native language, but
        not in English. Naturally, it's not good. How to correct it? How
        to set up Fidolook SL if I want it to send my messages to the
        newsgroups from some special account I want to use (or fido7
        server requires)?
A: _AJS_: Actually, this problem appeals in general to '''Outlook
        Express''' settings:
        See: /Tools -> Accounts... -> |News| -> your account [Properties]
        -> |General| -> User Information:/
        Name - contains your name that will be placed in the field "From"
        Organization - contains name of your organization (corresponding
        FIDO standart field is "Origin")
        E-mail address - contains your e-mail (by default) which will be
        added to the field "From".
        Reply address - contains e-mail that will be used to reply you
        (if this field's empty, your "by default" e-mail, mentioned above,
        will be used)

        Also, it's possible to add your name in your native language to
        all the messages you send. To do this, add special header
        X-FTN-RealName? to all the templates related with newsgroups and
        place your name in native language in this field.
        See corresponding Fidolok SL settings: /[Ctrl]+[7] ->
        |Templates| -> your template [Edit...] -> |Headers|/

Q: Is it possible in Fidolook to edit and then send (or simply to
        re-send) a message which has already been sent?
A: _AEV_: Yes, it's. Go to Newssaver settings, press [Advanced]
        button and activate /Make editable Readonly message/ option. As a
        result, you will see an item /Make Editable/ in Newssaver
        drop-down menu. So, all you need now, is to select a message you
        want to re-send and then to choose /Make Editable/ from the menu.
        After that you'll be able to open and to edit this message and to
        send it again.

Author's list:

        _AEV_   : Alexander E.Volkov
        _AJS_   : Andrew J.Swan
        _AN_    : Andrey No.
        _AV_    : Anthony Vendzylovych
        _DT_    : Dmitry Tader
        _GH_    : George Hazan
        _IP_    : Igor Paikin
        _KZ_    : Konstantin Zadorozhny
        _MLS_   : Michael L. Stepuchev
        _SP_    : Sergey Pushnyakov
        _VI_    : Vladimir Ilyashenko
        _VP_    : Vladimir Polukonov

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