Now that I've received a 5th BO slot, it has rearranged my BO's on the UI so that they now cover the hot buttons. If I click on the upper left corner of the hot button bar, then it covers all the BO's and their functions...
On top of that, both of them are overlapping and covering part of my weapons window!
So how the heck do I rearrange these so they fit right, on my screen??
OK, i'm going to try to explain this through this but it is hard to do w/o being able to get immediate feedback so I can guide you but i hope this helps.
Yes when you use option #4 you will lose the BO portraits, but this does not mean you lose their powers. You can reset all their powers onto the 3 tier tray that setting #4 gives you.
You will notice that on the left side of tray is a number, you can use this to cycle through the different powers you can use.
As an example:
for tray 1 I use all the powers they my captain gains as she ranks up ( i like to have brace for impact and evasive maneuvers in the # 1 & 2 spot respectively since i can easily hit them on keyboard)
for tray 2 I use any powers that affect my ship, ie: emergency powers, shield powers, healing powers, etc
for tray 3 I use powers that will affect my enemy: beam overload, high yield torps, grav well, tachyon beam, etc
tray 4 which i get by clicking the up arrow on tray 3 is where i put my extra stuff like azura comm or fireworks or things that i won't need in combat
When you set it at #4, everything will be jumbled at first. I always set my weapons to autofire by right clicking on them so they have a green glow around them and then remove them from tray (i'll explain this in a minute). Then i proceed to set up my trays like the example I gave above.
When you go to set up your powers you can open the available powers by pressing 'p' (or the top button on the right side of tray) from here you can drag powers from tray to available powers or drag from available powers down to tray. You may have to do this at first for your weapons.
Now if you want to have the portraits then you will have to use setting 3 and then go into options and change your interface scalling down so that when you re-arrange you HUD (via the escape key) you can then move stuff around so that you can see it. Be warned that after awhile (unless you have a really big monitor or have a smaller setting for graphics) this will make things rather small to see.
Hope this helps. If you need more advice feel free to pm me.
You are very welcome. And yes we've been fussing at Cryptic for some time now about the super fast leveling. It does make it difficult for some of the newer players to grasp some of the game concepts before they get into the advanced parts of the game.
Maybe we can get a Dev to sticky this for future new players
I cannot fit my officer skills AND other stuff into 4 panels. You have so many things now, it is simply not possible to do it the way I want it.
Just off the top of my head, you have
5 unique class skills like alpha strike, etc
brace for impact
rock & roll
any special console weapon
warp-in emergency fleet
ship special stuff
activated reputation like the big green shield sphere
balance shields all sides
all in all about 2 of the 4 bars are taken up by this stuff. Cramming all the officer skills on a t6 ship into the rest of the space is not easy, that is at least 12 more skills. If you want to group things by type in a sensible visual fashion with a little bit of empty space to help organize it, it will not fit.
It works much better for me to show the officers and their skills in the panels designed for it and to spread the other junk (and a couple of spammed officer skills) in the 4 - panel. It eats up a lot of space, but carefully arranged it will fit without being TOO overwhelming.