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How to create multiple views by one click, allowing to view the same text
in two windows side by side.

How to fly over all text files of a folder in 2 or 3 windows side by side, for quick comparison or dependency search, with a Freeware tool for Windows and Linux/Mac.

After download, run the tool by double click, then click on Open
and select a directory from which you want to load all text files.
All ASCII text files from that folder will be loaded, like all
.txt, .ini, .html, readme or source code files.

As you may have noticed, to read and search trough 100 files,
you don't have to open 100 windows. From the start, all contents
are available in ONE window, making things damned fast.

But sometimes we want to keep an eye on one part of the text,
while reading through another one. So we need a further window.

instant window creation

With assistance mode active, either right click somewhere
on blank space, then select Clone View To Right:



or alternatively, do this in a single step by a Double Right Click
somewhere into blank space. (Without assistance mode, a single
right click would be sufficient.)

Another window is created. Basically, it is another view
onto the same text. Everything is just like in the first
window or view. This second view tries to CLONE the first,
including the current text position, and the word you are
searching currently.

Now, whatever you learned, it works the same way in
both views, and you are ready for multi threaded reading:

   -  continue to READ this help text in the LEFT view,

   -  while doing all kinds of experiments in the RIGHT.

closing a window, or leaving the tool

If you have multiple windows, press ESCAPE to close
the currently active window.

If you have just one window left, ESCAPE will exit dview.
If this creates problems, i.e. if you are often leaving
the tool unintentionally, you change this behaviour
under Setup / General.

Pressing SHIFT+ESCAPE always forces dview to exit,
no matter how many windows are open.

opposite view activation

So now you have two views. And things are different:
if you double right click AGAIN into blank space,
it it will no longer create another window,
but simply ACTIVATE the OTHER ("nearby") view.

The philosophy behind that is:

   "a right click SENDS something into a NEARBY view."

We didn't send much of interest yet, but that will change.

one click own window activation

A LEFT CLICK into BLANK SPACE activates the window
under the mouse cursor, as in every windows application.
Whenever you are unsure if keyboard input for the current
window is enabled, left click into the window.

one click window resize

By default, DView comes with a fixed window concept:
sizes and positions are predefined, to keep you from
time-wasting border dragging. But there are some ways
to change the relative window sizes:

If you click near the RIGHT border of the LEFT view,
or the LEFT border of the RIGHT view, you will not
just activate the window, but resize it one step:

   -> the right view is slightly expanded.
   -> the left view is  slightly shrunk.

If you are editing text, the left border click can
be done only within empty lines, to avoid
ambiguities with text block selections.

This behaviour can also be disabled via the Mode button
under "one click resize". But even if disabled,
a one click resize will always work near the window bottom,
when clicking on "fi" of "find:" or "pa" of "path:".

window frame modes

1. master frame mode

   By default, there is one large master frame window,
   containing all views (actual text windows).



   By moving and resizing that master frame, you change
   the so-called "master area" in which all text views
   are created and arranged.

   By clicking on the square button right to "setup",
   you can activate or deactivate:

2. isolated views mode

   In this mode, there is no master frame. Every window
   has its own thick move and resize border, allowing
   to interleave the views with windows from other
   applications.



   The master area can NOT be changed in that mode.

   Therefore, if you want to use the iso mode,
   follow these steps first:

   -  1. enter master frame mode.
   -  2. move and resize the master frame window
         until the master area, in which windows
         should be created, is defined.
   -  3. then enter isolated views mode.

   In other words, no matter how you move and resize
   windows in iso mode, the windows creation area
   is not changed. Pressing F1 will force any window
   back into that area.

3. overscan mode

   if you are within master frame mode,
   then SHIFT or RIGHT click onto the square button,
   views will also be isolated, however without any resize border.



   this mode allows to view as much text as possible,
   however windows cannot be moved or freely resized.

   To re-enter master frame mode then, click the square again.

 
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