Ever wanted to have your own custom logo above your blog?  What about a "blog entry" that appeared permanantly in place on your space?  Or a HUGE photo of your dog?  Well, now you can do just that using our HTML PowerToy.

What are they exactly?  PowerToys are special features in MSN Spaces designed specifically for you, the advanced users.  The Microsoft definition for PowerToys is: “PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released to manufacturing. They add fun and functionality to the experience.”  Well, this definition applies here as well.  These PowerToys are unsupported and are currently available only in English.  You can think of them as a test of new features that may someday be supported for real in MSN Spaces.

Custom HTML Power Toy:                               

The Custom HTML Power Toy is designed to allow you to add a sandbox module to your Space in which you can enter text, link to images, and use other HTML features. The Custom HTML Power Toy supports all of the same HTML that you can enter into a Blog entry and can be moved around your Space as a separate module, just like a list or any other Spaces module. Additionally you can control the Title of this module and whether the borders for this module are displayed or not.
 
Follow these steps to add this Power Toy to your Space:
  1. Log into Passport and Edit your Space.
  2. In the Address bar of your web browser add the text “&powertoy=sandbox” to the end of the displayed URL.
  3. Click the Go button next to your web browser address bar.
  4. Once the page has finished reloading, click on the Customize tab in your Space.
  5. In the Modules drop down menu in the Customize tab there should be a listing for PowerToy: Custom HTML. Click the word Add next to it and then click the Save button.

Tip:  If you want to use a WYSIWYG editor ("what you see is what you get"), the best thing to do is to start a new blog entry and use the Text Editor on that page to make your HTML look how you want it.  Then click the <HTML> button in the toolbar to switch to HTML mode and copy (CTRL-C) the code you just created.  Then paste (CTRL-V) the code into the HTML module once you have it on your space.

Of course, JavaScript and other potentially malicious things are turned off in the HTML module. 

Please note that this PowerToy, like the others, is available in English ONLY for now and is UNSUPPORTED.  Which means if you call MSN Support expecting to get help, you will be out of luck! 

Windows Media Player Power Toy:

The Media Player Power Toy is designed to allow you to play audio and video files within your Space. While editing your Space specify the URL of a Media file located on the web in the Media Power Toy and hit Save. This will allow the people viewing your Space to watch or listen to the media file you have linked. You can customize the experience even more by altering the player settings (like auto start, times to play, and player mode) while editing your Space.                                                             

This feature is to be used for authorized content only. Please respect the creative efforts and intellectual property of others, and do not link to unauthorized materials.  Linking to unauthorized material is a violation of the Spaces Code of Conduct and Terms of Use.

Follow these steps to add this Power Toy to your Space:

  1. Log into Passport and Edit your Space.
  2. In the Address bar of your web browser add the text “&powertoy=musicvideo” to the end of the displayed URL.
  3. Click the Go button next to your web browser address bar.
  4. Once the page has finished reloading, click on the Customize tab in your Space.
  5. In the Modules drop down menu in the Customize tab there should be a listing for PowerToy: Windows Media Player. Click the word Add next to it and then click the Save button.

Guess what, folks?  It’s now possible to customize your space like crazy.  Font colors, borders, transparencies, background colors…  They are all at your disposal. 

Tweak UI Power Toy:

The Tweak UI Power Toy is designed to allow you to customize the look of your Space. Once you add the Tweak UI Power Toy to your Space you can use it to control colors, module borders and transparency, and the background image’s placement and presence. Granular control combined with existing Spaces layout and module configuration allows for almost endless customizability and personalization.
 
Follow these steps to add this Power Toy to your Space:
  1. Log into Passport and Edit your Space.
  2. In the Address bar of your web browser add the text “&powertoy=tweakomatic” to the end of the displayed URL.
  3. Click the Go button next to your web browser address bar.
  4. Once the page has finished reloading, click on the Customize tab in your Space.
  5. In the Modules drop down menu in the Customize tab there should be a listing for PowerToy: Tweak UI. Click the word Add next to it and then click the Save button.

 Enjoy !

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