if you want to see only the topics you haven't read yet in a given forum, just browse to the forum and paste this:
right after 'index.php?'
so if you browsed to General Chat, you'd see the following in your browser's address bar:http://www.jackulator.com/smf/index.php?board=5.0
make a mental note of the number after 'board=' and think of it as 'the board number', then replace everything after 'index.php?' with:
after you pasted that code on the end of the General Chat url you'd have:http://www.jackulator.com/smf/index.php?action=unread;board=XXX;all
if you change the XXX to 'the board number' (the number I said to make a mental note of) and then hit go - you'll see all the topics in the forum that you haven't read
REMEMBER - 'the board number' is different for each forum - it's not always 5, that's why I suggest you think of it as 'the board number' rather than 5