DISTRICT 5 STaC

June 12 - 18, 2017

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Using MyACBL

Create the proper file

Check that you have created the proper file

Attach to email

Check the email to make sure correct file is attached

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Using MyACBL:

 Go to http://www.acbl.org

In the middle of the top blue margin there is a tab that says "My ACBL Login". Click on it

On the resulting page, if you have previously registered, enter your user name (your ACBL number) and your password (which you would have previously chosen) and enter your page.

If you haven’t previously registered, click on the bottom of the page where it says “Click here if you do not already have a password. . . .” and follow the directions.

  

Create the proper file:

 The easiest way to create the proper file is to backup your game.

 Use the “BACK” command while ACBLScore is on the main screen for your game. 

 To use the BACK command:

If you are using the DOS form of ACBLScore,

type “BACK” (without the quotes) on the command line at the lower right of your screen, and hit “enter”.  The resulting screen says “Location of Backup [A:\____________________________

Press F3 to select from list”

The letter that appears is the drive to which you most recently backed up.  For example, if you are backing up to the same place that you most recently used, just press ENTER.  If you are backing up to another place, press F3 to see previously used choices, or type in the drive letter of your thumb drive, or chosen location in your computer.

A: is your floppy drive

C: is usually your main hard drive

E: is probably your thumb drive, if you have a basic computer without many bells and whistles and no extra internal or external drives. If you are unsure which drive is your thumb drive, insert your thumb drive into the USB port, wait for it to load, and in most computers a window will open showing the current contents of your thumb drive.  The top portion of the window frame will show the name of your thumbdrive and its drive letter, for example “Traveldrive (E)”—this means that you would choose “E:” when ACBLScore asks.  Or, with your thumb drive inserted, go to START/My Computer and it will show you your drives.

  

If you are using the Windows form of ACBLScore, Press F11 or Alt-L.  A list of commands will appear.  Choose “BACK” (currently the 4th choice).  The remainder of the directions are the same as for the DOS version, see above.

Advanced users:  In both forms of ACBLScore, you can find the proper file in the ACBLScore program files, without using the BACK command.  To do this, go to START/My Computer/C:\ACBLSCOR\GAMEFILE and locate the file for the appropriate date (names as described below in “check that you have created the proper file”).  This assumes that Windows is installed on the C:\drive.  Substitute the appropriate drive for C:\ if windows is on another drive

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Check that you have created the proper file

The file that is created in the backup procedure is in the format yymmdd.AC# where yy is the year, mm is the month, and dd is the day; and # is M for morning, A for afternoon, and E for evening.  Example:  081210.ACE refers to December 10, 2008 in the evening.

 Go to the place where your backed-up file is stored (example:  A:\ for a floppy disc, as described above), and check that the file is there, exactly as described in the immediately preceding paragraph.

 First, make sure that the first part of the name (before the dot) is correct, as described in the first paragraph of this section.  Then, make sure that the extension (the part following the dot, which should be either ACM, ACA or ACE) is present and correct.  It should NOT be .htm

 If your file names appear without an extension (example:  081210), and you are having a problem creating the correct file, you can set your computer to show extensions.  To do this, go to START/Control Panel. 

 If you are using the classic view in the control panel, choose

Folder Options/View.  In the “advanced settings” box, scroll down and uncheck the box saying “hide extensions for known file types”.  Click “OK”.  You might have to close and reopen the window with the files to see the extensions.

 If you are using the category view in the control panel (you will see “control panel home” when you open the control panel), choose

 Appearance and Personalization/Folder Options/View.  Then follow the directions, above, for classic view.

 After you have done that, start over in this section, at “Check that you have created the proper file”, and check your backed-up file to make sure that it is in the form yymmdd.AC# as described in the first paragraph. 

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Attach the file to email

The instructions at http://www.d5bridge.com/STaCc.htm tell you how to create an attachment in AOL.  Here are the instructions for some other email programs.

 Outlook Express:

Open Outlook Express

Click on Create mail

A new window opens, containing the new email. 

In the menu bar (at the top of the new email), click “insert”, or click on the paper clip icon.

This opens a dialog box. 

Double click on “my computer” (“computer” if using Windows Vista), then double click on the drive where you have saved your file.

Find the file that you have saved (A:\ is your floppy disc, C:\ is probably your hard drive, E:\is probably your thumb drive).  In any case it is wherever you just put it when you created it and checked it.

Double-click the file, making sure it is the one you just created, if you are using media which contains more than one file

The file will appear in the top of the email, just above the “subject” line.

Fill in the address line with xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

Yahoo Mail

Sign into your email

Click on “compose”

Just above the message box, click on the button that says “attach files”

A new screen appears with boxes that will contain the location of your file

Click on “browse” to the right of the box named “file 1”

This opens a dialog box. 

Double click on “my computer” (“computer” if using Windows Vista), then double click on the drive where you have saved your file.

Find the file that you have saved (A:\ is your floppy disc, C:\ is probably your hard drive, E:\is probably your thumb drive).  In any case it is wherever you just put it when you created it and checked it.

Double-click the file, making sure it is the one you just created, if you are using media which contains more than one file

Click on “Attach Files”

The file will appear in the top of the email, just below the “subject” line.

Fill in the address line with xxxxxxxx

Send the mail

 

Hotmail (now Windows Live Mail)

Sign in to your email

Click on “new”

Choose “attach” (3rd choice from the left)

Choose “file”

A new screen appears with a box that will contain the location of your file

Click on “browse” to the right of the box

This opens a dialog box. 

Double click on “my computer” (“computer” if using Windows Vista), then double click on the drive where you have saved your file.

Find the file that you have saved (A:\ is your floppy disc, C:\ is probably your hard drive, E:\is probably your thumb drive).  In any case it is wherever you just put it when you created it and checked it.

Double-click the file, making sure it is the one you just created, if you are using media which contains more than one file

Click on “Attach”

The file will appear in the top of the email, just below the “subject” line.

Fill in the address line with  xxxxxx

 

Gmail

Sign into your email

Click on “compose mail”

Click on “attach a file” (just above the message box)

This opens a dialog box. 

Double click on “my computer” (“computer” if using Windows Vista), then double click on the drive where you have saved your file.

Find the file that you have saved (A:\ is your floppy disc, C:\ is probably your hard drive, E:\is probably your thumb drive).  In any case it is wherever you just put it when you created it and checked it.

Double-click the file, making sure it is the one you just created, if you are using media which contains more than one file

Click on “Open”

The file will appear in the top of the email, just below the “subject” line.

Fill in the address line with  xxxxxxx

  

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Check the email to make sure the correct file is attached

Before you click on “send”, look at the name of the attachment.  It should be in the form yymmdd.AC#, as explained above in “check that you have created the proper file”

The location of the file may precede the name, for example, A:\081210.ACE depending on which email program you are using.  If there is no attachment present, go back to “Attach the file to email” and try again.  If there is an attachment present, but it is the wrong file, start over at the top of this page.

If you have carefully followed the instructions on the top of this page, and you are still having problems, contact Mary by email or at 412-897-7526

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