This FAQ explains how to make Opus use the same format in all normal directories.
There are two closely related FAQs which you may wish to read afterwards:
This FAQ assumes you are using Directory Opus 10 or above. For earlier versions, see the old FAQ
.What is a folder format?
Folder Formats define things like the view mode (Details, List, Thumbnails, etc.), which columns are displayed (Name, Size, Type, etc.) and the sort order.Directory Opus 12:
We haven't updated this FAQ for Opus 12 yet, although most of it still applies. The very first part will look slightly different in Opus 12, as the user interface has been improved a bit.
There is a video version of something very similar to this FAQ:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS1Mvs46WH8
Head to the 12m20s mark
for the part about saving your changes, which is similar to the FAQ below, but in video form and for Opus 12.
If you prefer text, the way you save changes has been streamlined a bit with Opus 12, so things below are slightly different, but should still point you in the right direction. We'll get the FAQs fully updated soon, once things settle down some more!To define the format used for all directories:
- Open an Opus window, point it at C:\, and set it to use the view mode and columns that you want. Then open the Folder Options window:
From there, click Save and select For All Folders + Layouts & Folder Tabs.
(Directory Opus Light: Choose For All Folders instead.)
Choose Replace All when prompted.
- Go to Settings -> Preferences / Folders / Folder Behaviour and ensure Enable Folder Content Type detection is off.
This ensures Opus will not change format automatically when certain types of files are detected.
- Go to Preferences / Launching Opus / Default Lister and ensure Ignore folder format of Default Lister is on.
(Directory Opus Light: Skip this part.)
This ensures you get the same format when opening a new window as you get when changing folders.
- Go to Preferences / Folders / Folder Formats and look at the items in the Default Formats category. Double-click the ones which are ticked and ensure they are set as you desire.
You can also untick the Default Formats you don't want to use, except the one called Custom which is what gets used whenever no other format is more applicable.
Click OK in the Preferences window to save your changes.
- If the Format Lock is turned on when you open a new window then it may complicate things. You probably want to turn off the Format Lock and then re-save the Default Lister, Layout or Style that you are using to open or configure the window.
(The Format Lock is not on by default, so if windows are opening with the lock on now it must be because you turned it on at some point and then saved over the Default Lister, Layout or Style used to open or configure the window.)
For normal behaviour, the lock icon on your status bar should be open, like this:
- To test what you've done, close any open Opus windows, then open a new window and see if it is how you want it.
Always use a new window to check your changes.