Welcome to the TweetDeck Learning Guide, where I’m going to walk you through using TweetDeck and making it work for you.

Like many programs, TweetDeck has a full suite of options that allow you to customize the experience. The General settings cover the user interface and certain controls.

To open the options, look for the wrench button at the top right.

That will bring up the settings window. Select General from the left hand side.

The first control ‘Update Window at bottom‘ changes where the compose window shows up. If you prefer looking at the foot of your screen, this is a good feature.

The second option is narrow columns. You can fit more columns on the screen with this option, or keep the window smaller for multitasking purposes.

Hide previously loaded updates starts your columns clean every time you start TweetDeck. This is a control good for people who need help focusing and like the look of a clean inbox.

Open Profiles in web page opens your browser when you click on someone’s handle, letting you view their profile on Twitter instead of in TweetDeck. If you often end up having your updates braked, consider using this to keep your feeds up to date!

Open photo links in web page is a good personal choice setting. Do you like the mini-window in TweetDeck? Leave this alone. If it drives you nuts, turn this on and view in browser.

Use autocomplete for usernames helps you complete @handles when you compose a tweet. After putting in the @ a window pops up with a list of your follows. Type a few characters, arrow down, and press enter to complete the autocomplete.

Press Enter to Send an Update is on by default, and simplifies how you send Tweets. If, like me, you have a bad fat-finger problem and send Tweets accidentally before they’re finished, consider shutting this off.

Use for sending long updates allows you to post Tweets longer than 140 characters. Shutting it off removes this option. If I could, I’d convince you to shut this one off for your own good as a writer!

Show preview information for short URLs gives a pop-up when you click on a shortened link, allowing you to see the full URL before following through. Considering the number of spam bots on Twitter, I do use this one to keep myself away from questionable links.

Enable Keyboard Shortcuts lets you scroll tweets with your keyboard. (I don’t know if they do anything else, yet! Expect a full feature breakdown later!)

Mark updates as read when moving with keyboard is connected to the Keyboard Shortcuts and is deactivated automatically if the shortcuts are. While on, this marks anything you scroll past as read, removing the little white circle.

Minimize button should is a drop down option, and has two settings (In Windows, if a Mac user could please verify this setting for me?). The first option is to minimize to the task bar. The other option minimizes to the notification area over by Window’s clock.

Close button should is another drop down options, and has two settings (Mac users, this one too!). The first option is the normal control, which closes the program. The second option is like the second option for the minimize button, and just hides the program in the notification area.

That’s all the General settings, go back to the Settings list to find the other sections!