3.2: The Game List Window
The previous section showed how to move around within a game and load games from an open database. This section shows how to use the game list to help you find games that interest you.
The game list
The game list is a window that shows information about games in the current database, with one line per game. You can open or close it using the Windows / Game list menu command, the Ctrl+L shortcut, or the toolbar button. You should see something like the reduced-resolution image below.
With the game list window you can browse the header information (players, date, result, etc) of games in the current database and load any game with double left-mouse button click. The game list has navigation buttons and shortcut keys as you might expect: try using the Home, PageUp, etc keys to browse the list using the keyboard.
Pressing the right-mouse button on a game pops up a menu of commands that act on that game. For example, you can browse a game which opens the game in a separate window without affecting the currently loaded game. This is useful for previewing a game before loading it or for comparing two games. The middle mouse button on a game pops up a small text frame showing the initial moves of the game.
You can use the Find text: entry box in the game list window to find games with a certain player, event or site. For example type Adams into the entry box now and then press the Enter key several times to find each game played by him.
One point to note is that the game list only shows games in the current filter (the concept of filters is explained in a later section). If you ever find the game list does not show all games and you want it to list them all, select the main window Search / Reset filter menu command or the toolbar button.
Configuring the game list
You will probably find the game list has some columns you are not interested in, some columns too wide, others too narrow, etc. Any column can be configured by pressing the right-mouse button on its title, which produces a pop-up menu as shown. After making changes you want to keep, remember to save options (from the main window Options menu) to make them permanent.
Because column widths are such a commonly-adjusted option, there is a shortcut method for them: holding down the Control key (or the Shift key) while pressing the left or right mouse button on a column title makes that column narrower or wider.
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