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You know when someone tells you, you do you? Well, if ACDSee could talk, it would probably tell you the same thing. You see, you might not realize it, but ACDSee is as malleable as a ball of clay. And however unique your style is, you can mold ACDSee to match.

Once again, we're discussing ways you can make ACDSee work for your workflow. You don't like how some panes are set up? You do not have to suck it up. Not this time!

Let's start with the basics. If you just want more viewing area or less distraction, even momentarily, you can use the Auto-Hide button to hide many of the panes and panels.


When the Auto-Hide button is enabled, a pane will roll away when you click outside of it. However, it leaves a tab displayed with the pane's name on it. When you click that tab, the pane will shoot back out again.

The Auto-Hide Button:

Hide Button

A horizontal pushpin indicates that the pane is set to automatically hide when you click outside of it.

Fixed Button

A vertical pushpin indicates that the pane is fixed and will remain visible even if you click outside of it.

Auto Hide Example

You can't use the Auto-Hide button when the pane or panel is floating. On the other hand, you also can't move it to a new location when Auto-Hide is enabled, which brings me to the other customization features.

You can move panes and toolbars, whether docked or floating, to new locations. Yes! You can make it how you want it. Prefer your Folders pane on the right? Done. Want the Filmstrip at the top? No problem. Need the Preview pane at the bottom? You got it. We covered this a while back in our tutorial, Your Workspace, Your way. I would also add that you can now enlarge the Filmstrip in View, Develop, and Edit mode by dragging one of its edges. And you can tear off, move, stack, and dock the Drawing and Selections toolbar, the ACDSee Actions bar, and the Color pane, all in Edit mode.

Speaking of the Filmstrip, you can now hide and reveal that too, or any other pane docked at the bottom, for that matter. At the top right corner of Manage, View, Develop, and Edit mode, you can use the buttons there to hide and reveal panes on the left, on the right, or at the bottom of the screen, respectively. This is really handy if you have multiple panes on one side and you don't want the tedium of hiding them all one by one. The buttons look like this:

Hide Left
Left Panel

Hide/Unhide Left

Hide Lower
Top Panel

Hide/Unhide Bottom

Hide Right
Right Panel

Hide/Unhide Right

But that's not all you can change. Whether to save space or just for kicks, you can configure whether the mode buttons are displayed as icons and words (the default), words only, or icons only. You can also hide specific modes.

Default Mode

The default: icons and words

Words Only Mode

Words only

Icons Only Mode

Icons only

From any mode, simply navigate to Tools | Options. In the Options dialog box, choose Mode Configuration. On the Mode Configuration page, you can use the drop-down menus next to any of the modes to specify how they will appear.

Mode Configuration

You hide a mode by disabling its checkbox. But you can't hide Manage mode. Sorry.

Hidden Modes

At the bottom of the page, you can also enable the Condense the appearance of the mode buttons checkbox to make the mode buttons all tiny and adorable.

Default Mode

Tiny default: icons and words

Words Only Mode

Tiny Words only

Icons Only Mode

Tiny Icons only

And there you go. That's your run down on the latest ways to make your ACDSee experience suited to your needs. Pretty simple, huh?

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