Readerware Table View

The Readerware table view displays your data in a spreadsheet style view.

You can customize the view, you can determine what columns are displayed and in what order. To show or hide a column, right click on a column header and use the popup menu. To move columns around, drag the column header to the desired location.

You are not limited to a single table view, you can create as many as you want. Each table view can include different columns in the order you want them. You can have a main table view for browsing your collection but the Readerware table view also works with the print function, so you can define reports by creating a table view with the columns you want to print. To create a new table view, use Preferences.

Sorting the table view

You can sort the table view on any column(s). To sort on a column, just click on a column header. An icon is displayed in the header to indicate it is the sort column. The arrow indicates whether the sort is ascending or descending. Click again in the column header to toggle the sequence.

To sort on a secondary column hold down the Ctrl key, (Mac users hold down the Apple/Command key), and click on another column header. For example to sort your database by author and title, first click on the author column header. Then hold down the Ctrl key and click on the title column header.

Navigating the table view

When you first display the table view it is in navigation mode. Most fields are displayed like links in a browser and you can click on them to refine your search results.

For example click on an author to see books by that author. Click on a category link to display albums in that category. You can keep refining the search results by clicking on links. Use the Back and Forward toolbar buttons to move back to the previous result set, again just like a browser.

You can select one or more rows by clicking on the cursor icon at the beginning of a row. To select your first item, just click on the cursor icon. To select another item, use the standard list selection keys for your operating system to select other items or a range of items. For example on Windows hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and select the next item. On Mac OS X hold down the Command key and click on the next item. To select a range of items, hold down the Shift key and click on an item, all items between the new and previous selections are now selected.

You can display a particular item in the detail view by clicking on the green enter icon at the beginning of a row. Use the Home toolbar button to return to the table view.

You can jump to a new location in the table view. Right click on a column header, type one or more characters and hit the Enter key. Readerware will look down the column for the first entry that starts with the specified data and position that row at the top of the view. You can do this with any column but normally you would choose the primary sort column to jump to a specific author for example.

Editing in the table view

Click on the Edit Mode toggle button in the toolbar to switch from navigation mode to edit mode. Table cells are now editable.

Click on a cell to change the contents. An appropriate editor is displayed to help you make your changes. For example clicking on an actor cell displays the contributor drop down list. You can select a new actor from the list or type the first few characters of the name. If you click in a date cell, the date editor is displayed etc.

Your changes are automatically saved as you move around the table view.

Click on the Edit Mode toggle button again to switch back to navigation mode.

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