The Lister Styles system lets you configure different configurations of Lister elements and quickly switch between them. Conceptually they are similar to layouts, except that a style is applied to modify the appearance of an existing Lister - it doesn't cause a new Lister to be opened like a layout does.

For example, you can define a style that opens the viewer pane and the metadata pane, loads a toolbar set, and closes the folder tree all in one operation.

Styles can also cause a new folder to be read, multiple folder tabs to be created and can also modify the format of the currently displayed folder.

Pre-defined styles

The styles that Opus pre-defines are:

  • Commander: A dual file display with no tree, similar to the "classical" appearance of some older Windows file managers.
  • Dual Horizontal: Dual file displays, dual trees. The layout of the file displays is horizontal (one above the other).
  • Dual Vertical: Like Dual Horizontal, only laid out with the file displays next to each other.
  • Explorer: Standard "Explorer" style, with a single tree and a file display.
  • Filmstrip: Designed for viewing photos - a narrow file display in thumbnails mode, showing a single "strip" of thumbnails, and the viewer pane open to preview the selected image.
  • Images: Like Filmstrip except with a wider file display.
  • Metadata: Designed for editing metadata, this style opens both the viewer pane and the metadata pane.
  • Single: A single file display with no tree.

These styles are just examples; of course you are free to modify or delete them, and you can also create your own.

Creating a style

Use the Layouts and Styles / Styles Preferences page to create and manage styles.

Applying a style to the Lister

The Lister dropdown menu shows a list of styles. Select one from the list to load it. You can also right-click the styles in the list to update them with the current Lister settings.

You can also use the Prefs STYLE raw command - this is useful if you want to create hotkeys to quickly switch between multiple Lister configurations.

Style tabs

Another way to switch styles is with the style tabs. You can add these to a toolbar from the Commands tab of the Customize dialog. Type tabs into the search field and look for the Lister Styles - Tabs command, and then drag it to a toolbar to add it.