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Content warnings on Mastodon are useful, but they can make threads difficult to read as messages have to be opened one by one.

βœ… You can open all messages in a content warning thread by clicking on the πŸ‘οΈ icon in the top right corner of the thread. (You can close them by clicking it again.)

Alternatively, you can set CW threads to be open by default by going to Preferences > Appearance > Always Expand Toots Marked With Content Warnings

Content warnings on Mastodon are useful, but they can make threads difficult to read as messages have to be opened one by one.

βœ… You can open all messages in a content warning thread by clicking on the πŸ‘οΈ icon in the top right corner of the thread. (You can close them by clicking it again.)

Alternatively, you can set CW threads to be open by default by going to Preferences > Appearance > Always Expand Toots Marked With Content Warnings

Mastodon includes a system for verifying website ownership. This is useful if you want to prove your identity.

βœ… To verify site ownership, go to Edit Profile > Appearance > Profile Metadata. Add your website address (including https://) to the metadata, then paste the verification code into your website's own code, then click "Save Changes".

If you've done this correctly, the address on your profile metadata will turn green with a tick next to it.

The desktop version of Mastodon has two different interfaces: a single column Twitter-style one, and a multicolumn Tweetdeck-style one.

βœ… To switch between Mastodon's desktop interfaces, go to Preferences > Appearance > Enable Advanced Web Interface. Selecting it activates multicolumn, unselecting it activates single column.

Multicolumn lets you add lots of additional columns, which may be handy for desktops on very wide monitors.

Mastodon isn't just for text, toots can include multimedia files too.

βœ… You can attach a media file to a Mastodon post by clicking πŸ“Ž. Video and audio can be any length, as long as the file is under 40 megabytes. Images have to be under 8 megabytes each, but you can attach four of them.

Note the lack of a length limit for video and audio. (In theory you could attach a feature length film, though at 40 megabytes its quality would be unwatchable πŸ˜€ )

Mastodon instances have a variety of different themes to choose from.

βœ… You can change your Mastodon theme by going to Preferences, then Appearance, then Site Theme, then click on "Save Changes".

This is particularly useful if you have several different accounts open, so you can switch between them without getting them mixed up.

Different instances have different selections of themes, ask your admin if you want extra themes added.

Do you wish there was a way to type your favourite emoji without stopping to use the picker?

βœ… In Mastodon, you can choose an emoji directly by typing : (colon) and then a keyword or name of the emoji you want.

For example, :sun will bring up all the emoji containing the word "sun". Choose the one you want with the arrow keys, then press enter.

If you're using Mastodon on a computer, did you know you can control it entirely through your keyboard?

βœ… Press "?" to see the complete list of keyboard shortcuts on Mastodon

(You can also bring this up by clicking on "Hotkeys" in the bottom left corner.)

βœ… All links on Mastodon count as 23 characters, no matter how long they really are

URLs can be as long as you want, they will never exceed 23 characters of your limit.

There is no need to use a link shortener!

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