Is there already or can you develop TABS

Hi there,

I have a long list of directories open down the left hand side of my viewer window.

The list of saved directories I have open is determined by what I am working on.

I wondered if it is or could be possible to have tab across the top...

With each tab having it own list of directories.

This is a powerful feature that I would love to see and believe users would find very useful.

If you could let me know either way if this is possible that would be great.

Warmest regards,

Tab groups might be what your want.!Documents/Prefs/Tab_Groups.htm!Documents/Tab_Groups1.htm

Hi there, thanks for the prompt response.
I use this feature today (tab groups) and have a long list of directories open down the LHS of the window.
These are saved and I switch between multiple saved groups
But I can only have one set open at a time!!
How about a set of tabs going across the top, with each tab at the top having its own list of directories.
This would allow me to have many different sets of directories open at the same time
Think like browsers tabs - each tab allowing me to show a different set of directories open down the LHS

I think I follow. You would like to switch tab groups, and I suspect keep the state of where you were as you switch between them.

I don't think its possible. To achieve this today I think I would open multiple windows. One with each tab group open.

Yes, that is what I would like
1 window only please with a shortcut CTRL PAGE-Up and CTRL PAGE-DOWN
To move across the tabs
With each tab remembering where I left off

1 window is a much more elegant solution and easier to manage
Trust me with dexpot and 2 monitors I have enough going on!!
I was asking here as a feature request - is this not the right place...?
If not, please let me know where to send this as I am confident it will be a popular feature

Also, thanks for all your help!!

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I got round a similar problem by making a special toolbar with a button for each of my tab groups. When I want to switch groups I simply select it from the toolbar. Works great for me.

Great news!
Any chance of a screenshot...
And some idea of how you did that...?!
Any help gratefully received :grinning:

A pleasure: The image shows what the toolbar looks like. It is basically a series of buttons that activates the appropriate tab group when pressed.

Here is the actual button for the first button on the tool bar "Working Images". You should be able to amend it to what you need.
Working Images.dcf (325 Bytes)

Good luck. I found it well worth the effort

Wow, I love it!!
I have added a new toolbar with buttons for all the Directories
How do I set each button to open a saved group of directories...?
Also I wondered if you new of a cool way to make little icons to use...?
I will owe you one after this! :wink:

Obviously the way you use tab groups in Opus depends upon your personal way of working, so it is difficult to give specific advice. All I can tell you is the way I have chosen to do it.

For instance if you look at my toolbar. The first button is called Working Images. This consists of a Tab Group concerned with the editing of images and their storage. Another called NAS Music contains tabs to list all the various music in the categories I have created on my NAS - and so on.

To create a TAB group you go Preferences/Folder Tabs/Tab Groups... and create them there. There is far more about this in the help files than any advice I can offer here. It is an incredibly feature rich system and arguably the best feature of Opus. I recommend you hack into the help files and create your own tab groups as you require. My button shows you how to attach these tab groups to the toolbar.

If you put some careful thought into the creation of your tab groups you can revolutionize the way you work.
This is what the Working Images Tab Group looks like in Preferences. In Preferences I have named it "Photoshop" but I have attached it to the Working Images button on the toolbar.

Each button on your new toolbar would run:

Go TABGROUPLOAD="Name Of Tab Group"

If you can't remember each Tab Group name, Opus will help you create the button.

When editing a new empty button, click on Commands > Go (or just type in Go). Then click on Arguments > TABGROUPLOAD/K. The sub-menu that opens up will display all your Tab Groups for easy selecting.

Using auden's example, he has a button running


And another running:


Thank you both
I have it working and am extremely grateful to you both
Auden - this has revolutionized the way I work!
All my client specific areas now have buttons & an associated set of directories
All the best for now...

Icons are pretty easy to set up. I would create an Iconset. This is a an xml file with some images in a .zip, renamed to .dis.

This file should be stored in folder %APPDATA%\GPSoftware\Directory Opus\Icons. There will be some examples in that folder, Copy the .dis files, and rename it to .zip.

You can find free icons here Also this might help, but its possibly overly complex how-to-make-your-own-icon-packs.

Once you do this you can use your icons in buttons.

Hi there, I am all setup now with many color coded buttons, each with its own icon - amazing stuff!
I know when I hover button they show as highlighted...
I just wondered if there is anyway to highlight the active button on the toolbar?
Or any other to know which TABGROUP is the one open...

Again - any help would really appreciated.

Hover over the format lock icon in the status bar, that will tell you the active tab group

Not sure this is the best solution (aside from a script). As it's somewhat of a hassle when you add additional buttons (as you'll discover below), but it works for highlighting the last button pressed, with the use of command modifiers. If you have 5 buttons...


@toggle:if $lst:tabgroup1
@set lst!:tabgroup1=on
@set lst!:tabgroup2
@set lst!:tabgroup3
@set lst!:tabgroup4
@set lst!:tabgroup5


@toggle:if $lst:tabgroup2
@set lst!:tabgroup1
@set lst!:tabgroup2=on
@set lst!:tabgroup3
@set lst!:tabgroup4
@set lst!:tabgroup5


@toggle:if $lst:tabgroup3
@set lst!:tabgroup1
@set lst!:tabgroup2
@set lst!:tabgroup3=on
@set lst!:tabgroup4
@set lst!:tabgroup5

and so on...

Remember the first 2 lines need to be incremented by 1 on each new button and the =on portion needs to go down the line by one, as you can see in the above 3 examples.

Basically the variable name being checked on the first 2 lines (tabgroup14 in the below example) the same variable name needs to be set to on while clearing all the others.

If you have more or less buttons in the toolbar you'll need to add/remove additional @set lst!:tabgroup# entries.

So, if you've got 15 buttons in the toolbar each button would require 15 @set lst!:tabgroup# entries counting all the way up to 15.


@toggle:if $lst:tabgroup14
@set lst!:tabgroup1
@set lst!:tabgroup2
@set lst!:tabgroup14=on
@set lst!:tabgroup15

The reason you need so many entries is because the @if command modifier can't check the value of the variable, instead it just checks if it's set or not.

Also, depending on how you open your initial lister (after a reboot for example) with say, a lister layout it might display a button highlighted wrong. But if you open the last lister that was closed it should stay on track.

Perhaps someone else will chime in with a easier solution but this is what I've quickly come up with.

Thanks for this guidance.
I will give it a try to see how I get on.
Also if anyone else can come up an easier solution , I'm all ears!
All the best.


It is often difficult to know just what someone is after . My best guess is that you seem to have clients and each of these clients have several folders relating to matters with which you deal.

If that is the case I assume you have a directory structure like this:




If you make Tabgroups like


You will immediately know which tabgroup you are in
And as the example from my Opus installation shows you can tell where you are very easily

There is a command to change the color of any tab from an Opus script, but the problem is how to restore the colour when you leave the tab without some complicated scripting.

You can also display a list of the tabs in the current tab group and the selected tab is marked with a tick.

Unless I have completely misunderstood what you need (and that is quite possible) I feel you may be looking to cure a non-existent problem.

You can also set tab colors for particular folders (optionally including subfolders) via folder formats. With that, everything is automatic.

If you're using a script to change the colors instead, then it's up to the script to change them back as well.