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Customizing your « Display Style » ( here « Display style D » )

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1gangleri
Oct 18, 2009, 6:47pm Top

some hints:

In order to display the fields of my interest I changed « Display style D » as follows:

* title
* Work: Title and author
* tags
* private comments
* comments
* source
* languages
* original Language
* isbn
* LC Classification
* LCCN
* OCLC

* Show per screen: 150 books

Note 1: You may do the same. If you have an account at LibraryThing the change will be permanently (until you edit it again).

Note 2: Nevertheless I am using
* Suggested display style for visitors to your library: « Display style E »
in the « permanent links » I send to friends, post at various places because else visitors not logged in would see the default LibraryThing « Display style D » .
The **optimal** « Display style D » is just one click away from the « permanent links » display.

Good luck!

2SpacemanSpiff
Mar 23, 2010, 8:29pm Top

OK, I feel like a total idiot, but I can't seem to find how to set my display style...? I've looked all over my profile page, the "Your Library" section, the FAQ, here in the Talk forums, etc. Am I simply blind??

Thanks,
John

3christiguc
Edited: Mar 23, 2010, 8:34pm Top

John, click on the gear-like thing to the right of "E" in your library.

4lorax
Mar 23, 2010, 8:58pm Top

Wait, what?

Nevertheless I am using
* Suggested display style for visitors to your library: « Display style E »
in the « permanent links » I send to friends, post at various places because else visitors not logged in would see the default LibraryThing « Display style D » .



I had always been under the impression that if you suggest a style, that's what is shown, even if you're logged out. Testing this.

Whew, I'm right. If someone clicks on the "ganglieri has a suggested viewing style", they'll get what you want them to see -- it's just that if they click on "D" they'll see the default "D", rather than your "D". Very glad to see this, since my suggested style is under "B", and the new default B is absolutely moronic.

5SpacemanSpiff
Mar 24, 2010, 1:31am Top

Got it!
(I actually found it by going to the Edit Profile page directly from my Profile, and then clicking on "Display Styles" in the left-hand column) (but also found the gear-like thing, too!)
Thanks!

However, one thing I noticed is: I prefer my books to display in the "Cover" mode as opposed to "List" mode, and there doesn't seem to be a way to choose the "Cover" mode as the default. That's why it took me so long to figure out the whole A,B,C,D,E Style thing as well as the gear-like thing: because I'm never on List mode. I prefer Cover mode. Oh well, for now I chose a variation of Style B with a small image of the cover as the first column. However, I'd prefer simply the Cover mode only (which displays the covers somewhat larger), without any columns.

Thanks again.

6jjwilson61
Mar 24, 2010, 9:50am Top

LT remembers how you were viewing your catalog the last time, on each computer. So if you were on cover view the last time you were using LT on a particular computer you should still be on LT the next time. You may lose the setting if you log out, I'm not sure as I never log out.

7SpacemanSpiff
Mar 25, 2010, 1:09am Top

Yes, but I want to set the Cover view as my preferred Display Style for when others visit my catalog. But that's not allowed. You can only choose one of the List views as your preferred Display Style.

8lorax
Mar 25, 2010, 1:16pm Top

7>

You could just create a list-view style that contains only the cover column and hope they get the hint, if your desire is to deprive visitors of actually being able to get useful information about your library.

9SpacemanSpiff
Edited: Mar 25, 2010, 2:27pm Top

8>

OK, not sure where the "deprive visitors" comment came from. I'm not trying to deprive visitors of anything. I just like the way the covers appear/are arranged on the page when using the Cover view. Most covers (certainly not all) have the title and author on them, usually quite visible in the Cover view. And all anyone has to do is click on any of the covers to get the information I'm "depriving" them of.

But it's not that big of a deal. As I said in msg 5 above: "Oh well, for now I chose a variation of Style B with a small image of the cover as the first column." I was just simply making a note of my personal preferance.

10lorax
Mar 25, 2010, 2:53pm Top

Well, if the only information you expect anyone to care about is title/author, then cover view seems reasonable, but it seems an odd choice to expect any and all visitors to prefer. I use cover view maybe a couple times a year, to check for low-resolution covers, but it's just so deeply limiting that I can't see the point other than as decoration, and I have never once viewed someone else's library that way. Clearly, YMMV. I guess I'm saying that I'd be a lot less inclined to take people's recommendations about how to view their libraries if I knew that sometimes it would be coming up as Cover View. (Out of curiousity, when you're looking at other people's libraries, do you use Cover View?)

11SpacemanSpiff
Mar 25, 2010, 8:13pm Top

Yes, when I go to other users' pages, I generally select the Cover view, and used to opt for it showing 100 at once, although now you have to select how many rows you want, not how many covers. Basically all I need to know is the title & author, and I like looking at the covers. I'm not interested in all the other info (when browsing), unless I've gone looking at a friend's list for some bit of information in particular, which is rare.

Also, I have no idea what "YMMV" means.

12jjwilson61
Edited: Mar 25, 2010, 10:56pm Top

Your Mileage May Vary.

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