Welcome to our comprehensive guide where we delve into the wide array of MIRC commands. With our help, you’ll soon be navigating and communicating like a seasoned pro within MIRC’s rich environment.

Buffer Management and Conversation Preservation

We’ve all been there – an engaging chat whizzes past in your buffer, and before you know it, it’s gone. But fret not, with MIRC, you can keep a record of these fascinating conversations. Simply type ALT - to access the system menu found at the top left of every channel or private conversation. From here, select Buffer/Save As/ to save your buffer to a file. Remember, every conversation is worth remembering.

Leveraging the LOCK Feature

The LOCK feature is a powerful tool in MIRC that provides an extra layer of security. Minimize MIRC while holding the Ctrl-key to lock it with a password, safeguarding your space from unwelcome visitors. If you haven’t set a password previously, MIRC will prompt you to create one. Later, you will need this password to reactivate MIRC. An extension of this feature is found in the /File/Options/General/Lock/ menu, providing additional tools to lock MIRC or specific channels.

Enhancing User Interaction

You’re likely to encounter various individuals during your chats. To gain better insight into who you’re engaging with, use the /whois {nick} command for detailed info. For a user-friendly experience, /who {nick} opens an informative User Central.

For a quick exit from a window, try the Shift+Mouse on Switchbar feature. Just hold down the SHIFT key and click the button on the Switchbar associated with the window you want to close. It’s that easy!

Window Management and Text Clearance

MIRC’s interface allows you to manage your windows conveniently. Use the ALT + Minus key combination to access window System Menus. Here, you can modify fonts, log options, save the buffer, and set preferences for private and channel conversations.

To declutter your chat window, use the /clear command. It removes old text, giving you a clean slate. If you need to clear all text in all windows, simply type /clear all.

Command Recall and Channel Information

Remembering the command you just typed can be challenging. However, MIRC’s feature, reminiscent of the old DOS’s doskey, can recall old commands and text lines. Simply use the arrow up/down keys, combined with SHIFT, for quick recall.

To display all modes and bans set on your current channel, use the /channel command. This will open the Channel Central, providing you with comprehensive channel information.

Harnessing Undocumented Commands and Quick References

To boost your DCC sessions, use the undocumented /pdcc [on|off] command. It advances a certain amount of your data packages to the receiver before confirming their arrival.

For more info on any command, type /help {command} in MIRC. Remember, this guide merely scratches the surface. MIRC boasts a host of commands for various functions, from recalling the previous line (/) and sending specified actions (/action {action text}) to toggling auto-opping (/auto [on|off|nickname|address]) and controlling DDE between MIRC and other applications (/dde [-r] {service} {topic} {item} [data]).


Mastering MIRC commands can greatly enhance your online communication and navigation. As you embark on your journey to becoming a seasoned MIRC user, keep this guide close. It’s time to explore the rich, comprehensive world of MIRC. Happy chatting!

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