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Explorer Panel - Customize Column Layouts

A Column Layout is a saved set of a column layouts that can be selected  from the column header menu. A Column layout can also be applied automatically if you go to a folder that was specified in the Column layout definition.

From the "Customize columns..." option a dialog will open where you can create or modify and remove Column Layouts.

  1. Column Layouts
  2. Column Layout Name
  3. Available Columns
  4. Column Filter
  5. Add Column
  6. Columns List
  7. Modify Column Order
  8. Copy Column Layout from...
  9. Column Properties
  10. Autoload on Path
  11. Save Changes

1. Column Layouts

All available columns layouts are listed in a dropdown list. After the list there are two button:  "Create New" and "Delete". Use them to to create new layouts or to delete existing ones.

The first item in the column layout list named "[Current Column Layout]" is special.
It represents your current layout and modifying and saving it will only change the look for the current, active Explorer Panel. No others will be affected and changes are not saved between restarts.

In order to change the Standard column layout (that all Explorer Panel tabs will use), the [Default] column layout needs to be modified. Changing and saving this layout will cause all Explorer Panel tabs' column layouts to be updated when closing the window.

2. Column Layout Name

When creating a new column layout enter the name by which you want to identify the column layout. This name will be listed in the Use Column Layout submenu when right clicking on the column header.

3. Available Columns

This is the list of all the available columns which can appear in your layout. From the dropdown list above the list it is possible to limit which columns to list (by type).

4. Column Filter

There are a lot of columns and it can be hard to find the correct column to add. In the filter field it is possible to filter the list of available columns.
When you start typing, the available columns list will only show columns whose name includes what has been typed.

5. Add Column

Press the Arrow button add the selected column to the list of columns for the currently-selected layout.

6. Column List

This list shows all the columns that have been assign to the currently selected layout.
The order of the columns in the list is the order they will be shown in the Explorer Panel.

7. Modify Column Order

The Up and Down arrows here allow column to be moved up and down the list. Select the column to move and then press the Up/Down button.

Press the X button to remove a column from the list.

8. Copy Column Layout From...

Often when creating a new column layout it is similar to another existing layout. This drodown list will list all available layouts, and the selected one will be copied into the layout being modified.

9. Column Properties

All column have some standard properties. These properties can be modified here.
'Display name' is the name that will be shown in the Explorer Panel column header.
'Width' is the default width of the column. However if autoresize columns settings is enabled this width might be ignored if needed.
'Margin left' and 'Right' allow you to add extra blank space to the column left/right sides (both to the header and the content).
'Column alignment' specifies how the content of the column will be displayed: right / left / center.
After any properties are changed be sure to press the "Update" button so that the properties are updated

10. Autoload on Path

This allows a column layout to be automatically applied under path that you specify here

Enter the path for which the column layout should be autoloaded, Check the "Valid for subpaths under this path" if you want the Column layout to also apply for subpaths under this path. Press the "Add" button to keep your changes.
Paths in this list preceded with a * have the subpath option checked.

To modify any path in the list, simply double-click it.

Change the path, and/or subpath settings and then click "Change".

Select a path in the list and press the X button to remove it.

11. Save Changes

When all modification are complete for the selected column layout press the "Save Changes" button. If this button is not pressed all changes made will be lost.