Firstly, from everyone on the forum welcome to mIRC.
Here is a brief description of mIRC and it's capabilities found in the mIRC FAQ.1 What is mIRC?
mIRC is a shareware IRC Chat client for Windows. It is developed and copyrighted by Khaled Mardam-Bey. For those of you new to the Internet, IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. The IRC network is a virtual meeting place where people from all over the world can meet and talk (well, type). On IRC you meet others on "channels" (rooms, virtual places, usually with a certain topic of conversation) to talk in groups, or privately. There is no restriction to the number of people that can participate in a given discussion, or the number of channels that can be formed on IRC. As a user you run a "client" program like mIRC which connects to a "server" in an IRC network. All servers are interconnected and pass messages from user to user over the IRC network. One server can be connected to several other servers and up to hundreds of clients. If you need more information on IRC go to mIRC's www Homepages where a lot of additional information is given.
mIRC attempts to provide a user-friendly interface for use with the IRC network. It has a lot of features some of which are :
- A powerful dynamic /help command.
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- An 'off you go' Toolbar.... and even Tooltips !
- A very handy Switchbar.
- A user programmable menu bar.
- A simple and smart CTCP commands and Events handler.
- Support for wav and midi sound files.
- Colored text to ease reading.
- Simple, fully configurable aliases.
- Configurable popup menus.
- Full DCC Send/Get/Chat support.
- Full configurable fonts and colors and support of bold, underline and reverse text.
- Built in Ident and Finger server.
- A simple but powerful and safe built-in File server.
- Programmable Function keys.
The various parts of the program have been designed with the aim of simplifying and speeding up your IRC sessions. mIRC is made to be very configurable... there are a lot of simple switches you can use to personalize mIRC to your needs. And unlike a lot of other IRC programs mIRC still gets more and more mature every new version. You can define your own commands and implement your personal reactions to commands others give to your client. All this does not make mIRC a bot program, and it doesn’t even support IRCii scripting and possibly a large number of other things... But it has much of the same functionality, thanks to the Remote Commands and Events and various other features... and what do you need a war script for, anyway? I think mIRC will help you to focus on the main point; IRC is for Chatting ....
You've just downloaded mIRC, you need to setup mIRC before exploring a whole new world in IRC perspective.
Click on Connect parent in the treeview.
Put whatever you want in the four fields: Full Name:, E-mail Address:, NicknameL, Alternative Nickname:
Alternatively, you can fill out that without going into the Connect section of mIRC Options if you don't wish to.
Type the following in Status.
/fullname Anything you want here.
/emailaddr Anything you want here.
/nick Your preferred and desired nickname here.
/anick An alternative nickame here.
Ok, we're all setup and ready to chat.
There are thousands of IRC servers to choose from..
Open mIRC Options (Alt + O) as I stated earlier, click on the server part. We have IRC Server: and a drop down box, you can click on it and get a list of IRC servers.
When you have found an IRC server you would like to go on, click the Connect To Server button, you have just downloaded mIRC so servers.ini file should be there in your mIRC directory. However, should you not happen to see the list of mIRC servers you can download the servers file from here
and simply place it into your mIRC directory.
There's some more information available for you here
that you might find useful posted by Mentality.
Other than that, come back if you need further assistance and we'll be glad to help you with anything else.