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Split view

Viewing two sheets simultaneously

VisiData supports the viewing of two sheets simultaneously with a feature called split screen.

Entering split screen mode

Keystroke(s) Action
Shift+Z split screen in half, placing second sheet on stack visibly in the second pane
z Shift+Z n split screen, setting the height of the second screen to n

When there is a single pane, all currently-open sheets are situated within the same sheets stack. The more recent that sheet was viewed, the higher it is in the stack.

Split-pane opens a second window, and creates a second stack for it. This keeps the sheet stably within a specific window.

For instance, pressing Shift+C on the sample.tsv will give us a stack with two columns, the sample Sheet and its Columns Sheet.

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Pressing Shift+Z will now give us a view of them both, with the sample Sheet moved to the second window.

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Split screen mode specific commands

While in split screen mode, you can move between windows, adjust the sheets that appear in the current window, and full-screen the current pane.

Keystroke(s) Action
z Shift+Z n adjust the height of the second window to n
g Shift+Z full screen the current window
Tab make the other window the active window
Ctrl+^ swap top two sheets in stack in current window, second sheet in stack is now visible
g Ctrl+^ cycle through sheets in stack in current window

For instance, we can use Tab to make the sample Sheet the active window.

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Moving around it, we can see the Columns Sheet in the top window continuing to be updated.

We can press Shift+F on the Item column to view its Frequency Table.

Now, the visible sheet of the second window has changed, while the visible sheet on the top window has stayed the same.

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We can use ^^, so that sample Sheet is once again visible, and full-screen it with g Shift+Z, effectively leaving split screen mode.

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