Custom Instructions Feature Now Available to Free Users: ChatGPT Can Comprehend Your Preferences


OpenAI Clarifies: Custom Instructions Feature Allows Users to Customize ChatGPT According to Their Preferences

OpenAI has taken a step towards inclusivity by extending the “custom instructions” feature to all users of ChatGPT. Previously, this functionality was exclusively available to ChatGPT Plus subscribers. This feature empowers users to tailor ChatGPT’s responses to align with their preferences by incorporating specific instructions. For instance, if a user desires responses in bullet points or under 200 words, they can provide these instructions, ensuring that all generated replies are customized to their liking. The introduction of custom instructions reduces the need for repetitive prompts, streamlining interactions.

Currently accessible on the ChatGPT web version, this feature will soon be made available on the Android and iOS applications as well. In a comprehensive blog post, OpenAI elucidates that the custom instructions feature empowers users to fine-tune ChatGPT according to their preferences, asserting that the model will consistently consider these instructions for all future conversations. This means users no longer have to reiterate their preferences or details during each interaction.

OpenAI illustrates how this feature could benefit an educator, who can develop a “lesson plan” without having to repeatedly specify that it’s for third graders. Similarly, users can craft a custom instruction to generate a grocery list that accounts for six servings every time. Activating custom instructions on the ChatGPT web platform involves selecting the user’s name at the bottom left and choosing custom instructions. Users can then add specific prompts, indicate their preferred type of response (long, short, bullet points), and even define the desired tone (formal or informal). Providing information about oneself can further enhance the personalization of responses.

OpenAI’s decision to extend the custom instructions feature to all users aligns with trends in the AI landscape. Notably, Google’s Bard introduced a similar functionality recently, allowing users to adjust response length and other aspects. However, Bard’s approach differs slightly, as it lets users modify responses without adding pre-set instructions. While Google Lens integration slightly bolsters Bard’s capabilities, ChatGPT provides a comparable feature, although currently exclusive to paid members.

Concurrently, Microsoft Bing offers users the ability to generate responses in various tones, including “creative”, “balanced”, and “concise”. Bing chat even allows users to upload images to enhance communication.

In the rapidly evolving landscape of AI interactions, the expansion of the custom instructions feature demonstrates OpenAI’s commitment to enhancing user experiences and accommodating individual preferences.

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