Tools - Settings - View - Column profiles/Automatic views - tab Column profiles


Under the tab "Column profiles" in the menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Column profiles/Automatic views" different column profiles can be defined. A column profile consists of the configuration of its columns and (optionally) a condition for its activation. Column profiles are a view type (in addition to the types "list" and "details"). They can be applied via the menu item "View → Column profiles".



If no column profile exists (the list of profiles is empty), FreeCommander automatically creates one called "fc_default_view". This default column profile allows to list the items of all local and shared network drives. The settings of this profile can be altered and saved just as any other column profile.

List of column profiles

The list of profiles can be processed by the following functions:

Add new column profile

Clicking the button creates a new row with an edit field in the column "Profile name". After entering the name of the new column profile, activate the "ENTER" key to accept it. Then use the and buttons to define the profile columns and conditions.

Rename profile

Clicking the button opens an edit field in the column "Profile name". After renaming the profile, activate the "ENTER" key to accept it.

Delete profile

Clicking the button deletes the highlighted profile.

Move profile up

Clicking the button moves the highlighted profile up one row.

Move profile down

Clicking the button moves the highlighted profile down one row.


Each time the displayed folder changes, the list of profile conditions is checked from the top down to see if any apply to the open folder. The first profile whose condition is met is activated. If no condition is met, the first profile assigned to the condition type "No condition" is activated. The user can select the condition type "No condition <fixed>" if the profile should not change, even when the folder is changed. This profile stays active until another profile is chosen manually.

Define profile columns

After clicking the button, the "Columns" window is opened for the highlighted row.



The window Columns offers the following settings:

Add new column

Clicking the button opens a list containing all possible columns. Checking or unchecking columns determines which will be displayed.

Delete column

Clicking the button deletes the highlighted column from the profile.

Move column up

Clicking the button moves the highlighted column up one row, causing it to be shown further left in the file/folder panel.

Move column down

Clicking the button moves the highlighted column down one row, causing it to be shown further right in the file/folder panel.

Column Alignment

This setting specifies how the contents of the highlighted column will be aligned.

  • "<---":        left aligned
  • "--->":        right aligned
  • "----":        justified alignment

Column sorting

This setting specifies if the content of the highlighted column will be sorted in ascending (ASC) or descending (DESC) order when the sorting column is changed.

Example:

A file/folder list is currently sorted by "Name". When the column header "Modified" is clicked, its content will be sorted by how the direction is specified here.

Data type

The selected data type of the highlighted column is relevant only for windows columns. For these either "Text", "Number" or "Date" have to be selected. For FreeCommander columns the selections is ignored.

Maximum column width

This setting specifies the maximum width (in displayed characters) of the highlighted column. 0 means there is no limitation.

Auto size for column "Name"

If this setting is checked, the width of the column "Name" is automatically adjusted to the length of the file/folder names in it. Two options are offered:

  • By item name length
    The width of the column "Name" corresponds to the length of the longest item (file/folder).
  • Fill remaining space
    FreeCommander tries to make all columns visible without scrolling, by reducing the width of the column "Name".


Show extension in column "Name"

If this setting is checked, file extensions are shown in the column "Name".

All subfolder levels for columns: Files, Folders, Items

If this option is checked, the number of files, folders and items is calculated over the active folder and all its subfolders.

If not its calculated over the active folder only.

Define profile conditions

After clicking the button, the condition for automatically activating the highlighted column profile can be defined. The following condition types are offered in a popup menu:



No condition

The topmost profile with the assigned type "No condition" is activated if no profiles with other condition types apply (profiles of the type "No condition <fixed>" are ignored here). Profiles assigned to the type "No condition" can be activated manually via the menu item "View → Column profiles" or the hotkey "Shift+F1".

No condition <fixed>

Profiles assigned to the type "No condition <fixed>" are never activated automatically. They can be activated manually via the menu item "View → Column profiles" or the hotkey "Shift+F1". They then stay active until another profile is chosen manually.

All subfolders <sub>

After clicking the condition type "All subfolders <sub>", a dialog is opened where one or more folders (or folder masks) can be entered or chosen. If e.g. "*\music*;*\pictures*" is entered, the profile assigned to that condition is activated automatically if a folder is opened whose name or anything in its path begins with "music" or "pictures". The folder mask is applied to the whole path.

Folder name <mask>

The condition type "Folder name <mask>" is different from the type "All subfolders <sub>" because it does not apply to subfolders of the folders defined in the edit field. The folder masks are applied only to the current folder's name.


Examples:

Folder

All subfolders <sub>
Input: "*\music*;*\pictures*"

Folder name <mask>
Input: "music*;pictures*"

d:\john\

not active

not active

d:\john\pictures_holiday

active

active

d:\john\pictures_holiday\2012

active

not active

c:\fred\pictures

active

active

Plain view <plain>

The topmost profile with the assigned condition type "Plain view <plain>" is activated automatically when a "plain view" is opened.

File container <cart>

The topmost profile with the assigned condition type "File container <cart>" is activated automatically when a file container is opened.