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Old 10-26-2018, 03:26 PM   #1
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Feature Request: I have quite a few virtual libraries, resulting in too many tabs to show all of them. I don't mind scrolling to the right to find the (less commonly used) virtual library tabs that I can't see. But I'd _really_ like to be able to then click back on the All books tab directly, without having to scroll back to make it visible. Any chance you could make that sticky? (I have no idea if the underlying library/toolset that implements that tabbed interface actually makes that even reasonably possible. Just hoping it does.)

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Old 10-26-2018, 05:01 PM   #2
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Feature Request: I have quite a few virtual libraries, resulting in too many tabs to show all of them. I don't mind scrolling to the right to find the (less commonly used) virtual library tabs that I can't see. But I'd _really_ like to be able to then click back on the All books tab directly, without having to scroll back to make it visible. Any chance you could make that sticky? (I have no idea if the underlying library/toolset that implements that tabbed interface actually makes that even reasonably possible. Just hoping it does.)

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Click on the Virtual Library button: Select None ((No VL is logically the same as ALL Books)
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There are Next and Previous VL keyboard shortcuts, they're in the Miscellaneous group. They operate as a ring, i.e. tap Next VL at last VL takes you to first VL (All Books) and vice-versa. I can't recall the default kb sequences.

You could left click the Virtual library button in the Search Bar and select None. There's no Shortcut/Accelerator key for that button and you can't tab to it

That said, a First VL (None) kb short would be nice.

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That said, a First VL (None) kb short would be nice.

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There is one (clear VL: ctrl-Esc), except it belongs to Windows , so it does not work on Calibre
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There is one (clear VL: ctrl-Esc), except it belongs to Windows , so it does not work on Calibre
Thanks: I've never known what that did - I just changed it to Ctrl+Alt+↑

Also didn't know Ctrl+Esc popped the Start Menu, I just tap the Windows key for that.

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Thanks: I've never known what that did - I just changed it to Ctrl+Alt+↑

Also didn't know Ctrl+Esc popped the Start Menu, I just tap the Windows key for that.

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I Guessed! After seeing 'none', I tried to apply the same kind of logic
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It's very useful. If I have Wind in the Willows selected in my Children's Books VL, then by going straight to All books with Ctrl+Alt+↑ that book remains current, which means I can hit Alt+A to see what else I have by Kenneth Grahame. Using the Previous/Next VL shortcut will probably 'lose' WitW as the 'current' book.

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Old 10-29-2018, 07:40 PM   #8
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Click on the Virtual Library button: Select None ((No VL is logically the same as ALL Books)
Two clicks, one too many. but OK, still better than nothing. But not as useful as having the All Books button always available.

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There are Next and Previous VL keyboard shortcuts, they're in the Miscellaneous group. They operate as a ring, i.e. tap Next VL at last VL takes you to first VL (All Books) and vice-versa. I can't recall the default kb sequences.

You could left click the Virtual library button in the Search Bar and select None. There's no Shortcut/Accelerator key for that button and you can't tab to it

That said, a First VL (None) kb short would be nice.

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For some reason, I almost never use keyboard shortcuts in Calibre, with a couple of exceptions. I suspect it's because they are so very non-standard for a Windows user that one just gets frustrated at what doesn't work.

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There is one (clear VL: ctrl-Esc), except it belongs to Windows , so it does not work on Calibre
There's no point arguing with the OS (any OS), when it thinks it should own a particular action and/or keystroke. But it's easy enough to change the default to something that I can use.

I appreciate the suggestions for workarounds. Thanks. Doesn't change my wish, but does give me some alternatives.
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:50 AM   #9
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as far as I know, there is no easy way to have sticky tabs in qt
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as far as I know, there is no easy way to have sticky tabs in qt
Somehow, I was afraid of that. Well, then I guess I'll just have to work around it.

Thanks, Kovid.
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Could the calibre code associated with "clicking on the VL button and selecting none" be called from a user interface plugin? This would allow the action to be added as a single click icon and also allow a shortcut key.
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yeah, it could. user interface plugins have full access to all of calibre, including the APIs to manipulate VL state.
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@CRussel: Looks like your requirement can be met as Kovid has confirmed that a UI plugin can indeed access the VL state.

You may need to ask in the Development forum for some pointers to the required API calls but the anatomy of UI plugins is well documented in calibre's online user manual.

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