Folder Formats

This page lets you configure the Folder Formats system, which lets you define folder formats (display parameters) for specific folders, folders containing certain types of files, or defaults for certain types of folders. For example, you can make it so that Opus automatically sorts a particular folder by date in reverse, or switches into thumbnails mode in any folder containing mostly images.

The Folder Formats system is powerful but rather complex. There's an FAQ on it at the Resource Centre that we recommend you have a read of as it may explain things in a bit more detail than this help file does.

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The Formats list is grouped into different sections:


You'll notice that some formats in the list have checkboxes - this lets you turn a format on or off (in the case of Path Formats, it lets you temporarily disable a format without deleting it from the list).


Whenever you navigate to a new folder, Opus consults the Formats list to work out what format to display it with. The list is searched from top-to-bottom:

  1. First, if a Path Format has been configured for that specific folder, or the folder matches a configured wildcard format, it will be used.
  2. Secondly, the Content Types system is checked if enabled. If the folder contains enough files to meet the requirements of one of the Content Type formats, that format will be used.
  3. Next, if no other format has matched, the Folder Type Formats for that type of folder or drive is used if it's turned on.
  4. Finally, if a Folder Type Format hasn't been configured (or is turned off), the User Default format is used. This is a "catch-all" format that can never be turned off and represents the underlying default format for all folders.


(As a side note: There are some cases when the above doesn't happen when you navigate to a new folder. If you have edited the format in the current file display with the Folder Options dialog, step 4 does not take place - your manually edited format will be maintained until you navigate to a folder with its own specific format defined. And if you have the format lock turned on, the format will never automatically change).


To edit the formats, use the toolbar buttons at the top of the page: Favorites - Add.png (add a new format), Favorties - Edit.png (edit an existing format), Filters - Rename.png (rename a Favorite format) and Favorites - Delete.png (delete a format). Clicking the Add button displays a drop-down menu that lets you select the type of format to add:


As well as using the toolbar buttons, you can also:


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When you edit a format Opus displays the Edit Format dialog. This dialog contains several tabs with options that control various aspects of the folder display. Each tab contains several sections and these sections can be enabled or disabled separately. When a section is disabled the options within that section are not applied to the display even when the format itself is used. This means that "more specific" formats (like a Path Format for a certain folder) can inherit settings from "more general" formats like one of the Defaults. For example, the wildcard format for Visual Studio Projects in the screenshot above does nothing except set the file display to be grouped by Date modified. The rest of the display parameters will come from the applicable default format.


See the Folder Options page for a full discussion of the options available for folder formats. The Options tab has a couple of settings that only apply to saved folder formats: