Menus – Main Window


2.2 Menus

This section describes the functions of each item on the menu bar in the GQview main window.

File Menu

New window: Opens a new main window, with the initial path set to the current folder.

New collection: Opens a new collection window, the new collection will be empty.

Open collection: Displays a dialog to open a collection stored on disk, the selected collection will then appear in a new window.

Open recent: This menu item lists the recently active collections, selecting an item from the list will open that collection in a new window. The most recent item will appear at the top of the list.

Search...: Opens a new Search window.

Find duplicates...: Opens a new Find Duplicates window.

Print..: Opens a print dialog.

New folder...: Creates a new folder in the current path.

Copy...: Opens a dialog to select a destination to copy the currently selected files.

Move...: Opens a dialog to select a destination to move currently selected files.

Rename...: Renames the current file selection.

Delete...: Deletes the current file selection.

Close window: Closes the window containing the menu, if the window is the last main window GQview will quit.

Quit: Quits the GQview application, if collections have been changed but not saved, the user will be prompted for confirmation.

Edit menu

in <command name>...: This will execute the external command associated with <command name>, these can be changed edited on the Editors tab of the Option dialog.

Adjust sub menu:

Rotate clockwise: Rotates the current image clockwise 90 degrees, does not effect the file on disk.

Rotate counterclockwise: Rotates the current image counterclockwise 90 degrees, does not effect the file on disk.

Rotate 180: Rotates the current image 180 degrees, does not effect the file on disk.

Mirror: Swaps the left and right sides of the image so that the result is similar to that of looking at the image in a mirror, does not effect the file on disk.

Flip: Swaps the top and bottom sides of the image, does not effect the file on disk.

Properties: Opens a Properties Window for the currently selected files.

Select all: Selects all files displayed in the file list.

Select none: Clears the current file selection.

Preferences...: Opens the Preferences Dialog for changing of user preferences.

Thumbnail maintenance: Opens a dialog with utilities to manage cached thumbnails and keywords data.

Set as wallpaper: Renders the current image to the root window (desktop). The resulting image will be tiled to fit the root window if zoom is not set to fit to window; when zoom is set to fit to window, the image will be scaled to fill the root window.

View menu

Zoom in: Increases the zoom by one increment, resulting in a larger image.

Zoom out: Decreases the zoom by one increment, resulting in a smaller image.

Zoom 1:1: Resets the zoom to the original size of the image.

Zoom to fit: Automatically adjusts the zoom so that the image will fit within the display pane. The effect on images with an original size smaller than the display pane can be changed with the Allow enlargement of image for zoom to fit option located on the Image tab of the preferences dialog.

Thumbnails: Toggles the display of image thumbnails in the file list, this item is not available when the file list is in icon view mode. A check appears next to this item when thumbnails are enabled.

List: Changes the file list to display files in list format.

Icons: Changes the file list to display files as icons.

Tree: Toggles the folder list between simple and tree modes. A check appears next to this item when the folder is in tree mode.

Full screen: Toggles the full screen window display.

Float file list: Toggles the location of the menu bar, tool bar, status bar, and file lists between the main window and a second window. A check appears next to this item when the location is the second window.

Hide file list: Toggles visibility of the menu bar, tool bar, status bar, and file lists.

Hide toolbar: Toggles visibility of the tool bar. A check appears next to this item when the tool bar is not visible.

Keywords: Toggles display of the Keywords sidebar.

Exif data: Toggles display of the EXIF sidebar.

Sort manager: Toggles display of the Sort Manager sidebar.

Toggle slideshow: Begins or ends a slide show, the slide show status is displayed in the status bar.

Refresh: Updates the contents of the folder and file lists to match what is currently on disk, the current image will also be reread from disk.

Help menu

Contents: Open the GQview user manual in a new browser window.

Keyboard shortcuts: Displays a window listing the default keyboard shortcuts.

Release notes: Displays a window containing the release notes for the version of GQview in use.

About: Opens a window containing the GQview version, credits, website, and email contact information.

Tear off menus

Menus can be permanently displayed by selecting the dotted line item at the top of each menu category. A tear off menu will behave the same as an ordinary window. To close a tear off menu, select the dotted line item at the top of the menu.

Keyboard shortcuts

The keyboard sequence associated to each menu entry is listed within the main window menu bar. For reference, the complete list of default keyboard shortcuts can be found in section 11.2 Keyboard Shortcuts.

Changing the main window menu bar keyboard shortcuts

The keyboard shortcuts associated with the menu bar items can be changed by editing the accels file located in the GQview configuration folder while the GQview application is not running:


To change a menu item, first find the line corresponding to the menu item to change. For example the File menu Quit line originally looks like this:

; (gtk_accel_path "<main>/File/Quit" "<Control>q")

To change this menu's keyboard shortcut, first remove the leading semicolon (;), removing the semicolon will tell GQview that this menu item has been customized. Then change the keyboard shortcut defined by the text in quotes at the end of the line, be sure to only change the text within the quotes; in this case the text “<control>q”. For example changing the shortcut associated with Quit to the Q key will result in this line:

(gtk_accel_path "<main>/File/Quit" "q")

Please note the removed semicolon and the change of “<control>q” to “q”, be careful not to change any of the other text on the line or GQview may ignore the customization. The keyboard modifiers and their respective text are listed below:


Text to use in accels file







Modifiers can be combined, for example in the exit line above, the text would be “<control><shift>q” to set the exit shortcut to [Control] + [Shift] + Q.




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