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Tweetdeck: The Columns

This module shows you how to work with Tweetdeck’s columns, understanding what they are, removing them, moving them and switching to a single column view.

The default columns

Tweetdeck works with columns. Each column is like a page in the browser version of Twitter:

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Friends

The first is All friends . This is what you main twitter page looks like.

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If you can’t see this column, or you removed it, you can always get it back by clicking on the globe icon in the row of icons at the top of Tweetdeck:

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Mentions

The second is Mentions. These are all tweets that mention your name—so they could be retweets (RTs), or public messages to you (@loosewire), or just stuff about you:

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If you can’t see this column, or you removed it, you can always get it back by clicking on the arrow icon in the row of icons at the top of Tweetdeck:

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Messages

The third column is Messages. These are direct (D or DM) messages sent to and by you:

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(as you can see, the D and DM part of the message won’t show up in the message itself.)

If you can’t see this column, or you removed it, you can always get it back by clicking on the envelope icon in the row of icons at the top of Tweetdeck:

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Recommendations

A fourth column is usually loaded by default: TweetDeck recommends… These are tweets from twitterers—people, companies, etc—that are popular for one reason or another:

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If you can’t see this column, or you removed it, you can always get it back by clicking on the thumbs up icon in the row of icons at the top of Tweetdeck:

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Playing with columns

Removing a column

You can remove a column by clicking on the x button

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at the top right of each column:

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You’ll probably be asked to confirm.

 

Moving a column

You can also move a column from left to right. Click on one of the arrow buttons

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at the bottom of each column:

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Switching to a one column view

Tweetdeck is great for monitoring lots of stuff, but sometimes you just want one column to keep an eye on thing.

To switch to a one column view, click on the upright line icon in the right corner of the Tweetdeck window:

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Which will resize the window to one column, the left hand one the only visible one:

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You can select which column you want visible by clicking on the scroll bar at the bottom of the window and dragging it from left to right:

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To revert back to the full columns view, click on the upright icon again:

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3 Responses

  1. […] Tweetdeck: The Columns […]

  2. Since this was last posted, Tweetdeck has changed to eliminate all the icons mentioned (and the whole icon bar itself). You cannot change to a single column anymore. I has to look the way tweetdeck wants it, or else.

  3. Jay says:

    I hate this change. I want a single column view, and if I can’t have that option, quite frankly I won’t be using tweetdeck at all. So unhappy with this change.

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