MSDN/TechNet Forums - How to Customize Your View?

MSDN/TechNet Forums - How to Customize Your View?

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We know that each user is unique and wants a customize view of forums in order to browse content. Users now have the ability to customize their view to include multiple categories and forums. If the categories and forums you wish to view are not represented in the left rail select "view all" from the home page:



Similarly to viewing a single forum (see How to View a Single Forum) either browse or search for the desired forum or topic:



Once the desired forum has been selected repeat this process until all of the desired forums are selected. Once selected press the "Submit" button (note that the number of forums selected is indicated at the top):

  

You now have a customized view which includes multiple forums or categories:


 
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  • Ed Price - MSFT edited Original. Comment: Putting the link "Back to other FAQs" at the bottom as well.

  • Bryant Hawthorne - MSFT edited Revision 2. Comment: Added '?' to the title

  • Surely the last step in the above should be to save the generated URL as a browser favorite/bookmark. Otherwise you have to go through this cumbersome process again and again.

  • With the addition of the step to save the generated URL, the forum selection process provides a flexible way to generate multiple personalized views of the forums. I like it.

    But for novice users the process is cumbersome and non-intuitive. Compare the corresponding process in the Answers Forums (Microsoft Community). Here the 'left rail' is always present and there is a 3-level hierarchy of forums which is controlled by drop-downs. It is not as flexible as the MSDN/Technet method, because at each level you can only select either all the categories or just one (no check boxes), but it is vastly more intuitive, and is even manageable without saving URL's as browser bookmarks (though you can do that also).

    Did the MSDN/Technet... forum team not consider this alternative? I have to say that the duplication of effort between the two groups of forums seems crazy to me (not to mention all the branding issues within the MSDN/Technet... group).

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