Display the Notice Board on your PC/Mac

The Notice Board page can be included in your PC/Mac Start Up group so that it automatically appears every time you reboot your computer.

Computer classroom users

You have it easy. The Notice Board is opened automatically every time you login to a classroom PC. Once logged in, you can re-visit the page by clicking on the 'Notice Board' icon in the 'common applications' folder on the desktop. Or you can re-read it on the Web.

Departmental PC users

To have the Notice Board displayed automatically each time you start up your PC, download and run the install-web-motd.EXE file and follow the installation instructions.

  • This will invoke the installation procedure which should end with a box saying:
    'Installation Complete'
  • Click on OK to close the installation procedure.

To check the installation, click on Start | Programs | Startup | motd
This should open up a browser, displaying the 'Notice Board'.

From now on, each time you boot up your PC, it should open the Notice Board, displaying the latest notices. If you have any problems with the installation procedures, contact the Service Desk.

If you wish to check the Notice Board again after your initial PC startup, this can be done by running the 'motd' from the Start menu (as described above).

Mac Users

MacOS 10.x

To have the Notice Board displayed automatically each time you start up your MacOS 10, place a web-browser bookmark file in your 'Login Items' folder as follows:

  • Open 'System Preferences' and then 'Login Items' folder.
  • Using your mouse, drag and drop the MOTD url from your browser to the 'Login Items' folder. On some OS versions you may have to drag and drop the MOTD url to the DeskTop first and then the Login Items folder.
  • Place a tick next to this new MOTD entry, in 'Login Items', and the next time you login to your MacOS 10 your web browser will startup and display the Notice Board.

Classic MacOS

To have the Notice Board displayed automatically each time you start up your Mac, place a web-browser bookmark file in your 'Startup Items' folder as follows:

  • Click on http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/news/service/motd.hti and hold your mouse button down until the contextual drop down menu appears.
  • Select the 'Add Link to Favorites' (Explorer) or 'Add Bookmark for this Link' (Netscape) item from the menu.
  • Open the 'Favorites' or 'Bookmarks' window (the menu to find the command for this varies between versions of both Explorer and Netscape).
  • Scroll to your new bookmark (usually at the bottom) click and hold on it.
  • Drag it to your desktop (the bookmark will be left unaltered in your bookmark list).
  • This will create a bookmark icon which, if you double-click (i.e. open) will launch your browser and should open the Notice Board.
  • Move the bookmark icon to the 'Startup Items' folder which you will find inside your 'System Folder'.
  • If you already have startup items you may need to rename bookmark so that it is opened at a convenient place in the startup sequence. [Notes: Startup items are opened in alphabetic order. The name of a bookmark file has no effect on the URL it contains.
  • Test by restarting your Mac.
  • Your startup will now be slowed down considerably while Explorer or Netscape launch. Neither of these apps launch quickly.