Inventory Power Tools

Multiple Windows

Multiple Windows FS Screen Shot

Moving items around in your inventory is done mostly with drag & drop.

Open Windows Shortcut

In the InWorldz viewer you can open a second (or more) inventory windows to make dragging & dropping easier. To open a second inventory window, locate the gear icon in your inventory window, click it & select ‘New Inventory Window’ or press Ctrl-Shift-I (PC) / Cmd-Shft-I (Mac). Ctrl-I toggles open & closed the first Inventory window. Ctrl-Shift-I (PC) / Cmd-Shift-I (Mac) will toggle the second inventory window. You can open more than two Inventory windows via the Gear icon.

Close Windows Shortcut

TIP: If your system has limited RAM memory, try to not open more than one or two Inventory Windows. Each time you open a window, another instance of your inventory information is loaded onto your RAM memory.

To close all windows you have open use Ctrl-Shift-W (PC) / Cmd-Shift-W (Mac). This will close, not only your inventory windows but, all windows you have open in your viewer.


Item Editors

Open your inventory window. To select an individual item or folder click on it. A double-click will open items. Clothes & objects will attach to your avatar or screen, & other items will open in their respective viewer or editor.

Sselect Multiple Items

To select additional individual items or folders, hold the Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) key while clicking on items.

To select items grouped together, select the first item then hold the Shift (PC) or Opt (Mac) key while selecting the last item to select them & all the items in between them. You can also select groups of folders this way.

To add another group of items to your selection by holding Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) key while selecting the first item & the Shift (PC) or Opt (Mac) key on the last item.

Clicking a selected item while holding the Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) key will deselect that item.

Drag & Drop

While you have items or folders selected you can drag & drop them in another location in the same window, to another tab, or to another window.

While dragging items or folders, you can hover over a scroll bar arrow in the inventory window to scroll your inventory to the location where you want to drop the items.

Home & End Keys

You can also use the ‘Home’ & ‘End’ keys to scroll to the top or bottom of the inventory window.

Mouse - Scroll Wheel

The middle mouse scroll wheel will scroll your window up & down as well.

Page Up & Down Keys

Use the ‘Page Up’ & ‘Page Down’ keys to scroll up & down one a section at a time.

Up & Down Arrow Keys

Using the up or down arrow keys with an item selected will change your selection to the next or previous item.

Left Arrow Key

When you use the left arrow key while on a selected item, it changes your selection to the folder the item is in. If on an open folder, it closes the folder, & if on a closed folder it changes your selection to the next folder up.

Right Arrow Key

Using the right arrow key while selected on an item or open folder does nothing but, if selected on a closed folder it opens the folder.

Context Menus & Shortcuts

Context Menus FS Screen Shot

Another way to work with items is with keyboard shortcuts & right click context menus. You can right click folders or items to get a context menu of operations that can be performed. The context menus will change accordingly, depending on what type of item you have selected.

Cut Copy Paste

You can copy Ctrl-C (PC) / Cmd-C (Mac) or cut Ctrl-X (PC) / Cmd-X (Mac) & paste Ctrl-V (PC) / Cmd-V (Mac) items or folders. You cannot copy items whose permissions are set to ‘No Copy’.


Link Icons

Links were created to allow you the ability to use ‘No Copy’ items in as many outfits as you need. They are pointers to your items & act just like the items themselves.

The Outfits folder uses links to items, rather than the actual items themselves, allowing you to create multiple outfits using the same items again even if those items are ‘No Copy’. You’ll recognize links by the small arrow in the lower left corner of the item’s icon. Links are not the actual items but will respond as if they are.

Find Original

Right clicking links will give you a ‘Find Original’ option that will take you to the location of the original item.

Paste As Link

You can copy & paste ‘No Copy’ items as links anywhere in your inventory, not just the outfits folder.

TIP: Although links can’t be pasted into special system folders in the Outfits folder, they can be dragged & dropped into them. *wink wink*

Some locations may not allow pasting of the special system folders created in the outfits folder when you save outfits with the appearance menu. You can create a regular folder in the Outfits folder & paste into it. You can right click any folder, regular or special system folder, in the Outfits folder to get a menu that will allow you to wear the outfit.

Show Links Options

In the inventory options (Gear icon), you’ll find settings to show, hide, or show only links. They work similar to filters allowing you to search for links more effectively.

Deleting Item With Links

If you delete items that have links pointing to them, you will get a popup message warning you.

Broken Link

Broken links pointing to items you no longer have will show ‘(broken link)’ after the item name.

Broken Link Search

Links count as items so it’s good to delete unneeded broken links. You can find broken links to delete them by searching for ‘(Broken_link’


There are three ways of controlling what items are displayed in your inventory & how they are displayed: searching, sorting, & filtering.

Search Box

Search is done with the searchbox at the top of the inventory window.

As you type, items in your inventory containing any of the characters you type, in the exact order that you type them, will be returned. Searches are not case sensitive. By default only the file names of the items are searched.

Multiple words will be searched as a phrase rather than as separate search terms & only items containing the complete phrase will be returned. =\

In some viewers (Firestorm & InWorldz) you may use the + symbol before a word to create a boolean search, allowing you to search for anything containing any of the words you add a + to rather than searching for the exact phrase.

Type “necklace +gold” into the search box & it will return anything with both the words ‘necklace’ & ‘gold’, regardless of the order in which the words are used.

Search Box X

When you’re done searching clear the search box by clicking the ‘X’ to the right of the box. The ‘X’ disappears when the search box is cleared.

TIP: When not getting the expected results in your inventory window, double check that the search box is cleared by looking to see if the X is at the end of the search box. If it is, click it to empty the search box.

Search By FS Options

You can change what is searched for ‘Name’, ‘Creator’, ‘Description’, ‘UUID’, or ‘ALL’. Locate the Gear icon in your Inventory window & click ‘Search By…’ to get the sub menu & check the search option you want to use. All will give you the most thorough search but may give you too many results, in which case you might try a more focused search by name, creator, or UUID.

TIP: When using an alternative search method, be sure to change this option back to the default ‘Name’ when you are done. If not getting the results you expect when searching, do double check which option is selected.

By default, search terms apply to all tabs. If you change tabs in your inventory, the search term you are using will travel with you.

You can change this behavior by going to Preferences or Ctrl-P (PC) / Cmd-P (Mac): Advanced: General tab & check ‘Allow separate search terms on each tab in inventory’.

You can also, while you are there, choose to hide empty system folders from inventory by checking ‘Hide empty system folders from inventory’ if you prefer that empty folders not show. Personally, I want them to show so I can drag & drop items into them.

Sort Order

Sort Order Options

You can choose the order your items are displayed inside each folder by changing the sort order to be either in alphabetical order or by acquisition date. To change sort order, locate the ‘Gear’ icon in your Inventory window & choose ‘Sort By Name’ or ‘Sort By Most Recent’.

Sort Folders Options

You can also customize the order in which folders are displayed.

Untick ‘Sort Folders Always by Name’ to display folders by the same order you have chosen for sorting your items. To make the folder sort order always alphabetical check ‘Sort Folders Always By Name’. To keep system folders & personal folders sorted separately, with system folders at top, also check ‘Sort System Folders To Top’. If left unchecked System & personal folders will be intermixed.

Custom sort order settings are persistent. They will remain on the setting you choose even if you log off & on again.


While sorting determines the order items are displayed in, filters determine what type of items are displayed & what type are ignored.

Show Filters

Open a filter window: Locate & click the Gear icon in your Inventory window & select ‘Show Filters’.

Filter Selections

Take a look at the filter window & you will see that you can tick or untick boxes for any type of item in your inventory. You can select as many or as few item types as you want. You can also select ‘All’ or clear the ticks by selecting ‘None’.

Filters Always Show Folders

At the bottom of the filter window you can set the filters by time. This will display items you acquired from the current time going back by the amount of time you select. Or, if you check the ‘Since Logoff’ box, since the last time you logged off.

You can tick the box ‘Always show folders’ to show all folders even if they do not contain items in your filtered search results. This is handy when you want to move items into other folders.

WARNING: Folders without requested items will be displayed like empty folders. Just keep in mind that the folders are not necessarily empty!

The ‘Inventory’ tab is, by default, not filtered & displays all your items in the sort order you have choosen.

The ‘Recent’ tab, by default, displays the items you have acquired since you last logged off & sorts them by acquistion date.

The ‘Worn’ tab shows items that you are wearing or that are attached to your viewer screen. Items here are sorted in the order you have selected & not filtered by default.

TIP: To use a recent tab like a regular tab for organizing tasks, try setting the time to longer than your avatar’s age or, the max, 10000.000 days. This is a great way to get a ‘second inventory window’ without actually opening a new window to save on RAM usage or if you want to save screen space while working in your inventory.

Custom filter settings can be set individually for each tab. You can set custom filters for multiple inventory windows separately as well. Custom filter settings will remain until you either reset them, change them or you log off. When you log off they will return to their defaults.

Filters Shortcut

Most viewers also have a shortcut to filters at the end of the search box or other convenient location. You can select one type of item to display, call up the custom filter window, or reset the filters to ‘All Types’ in the drop down menu.

Reset Filters

To reset filter settings back to their defaults in all tabs at once, go to the Gear Icon in the lower left corner of your inventory window & click ‘Reset Filters’.

TIP: When you can’t find something or your inventory seems out of wack, try resetting your filters & clearing the search box to clear any custom settings.

Collapse Expand

Close All Folders

You can also collapse or expand all your folders. Collapsing your folders clears your search field, resets your filters, & applies to only the tab you are currently in. It does not affect your sort order.

Filters can be very useful when working with a lot of items of the same type by letting you focus on only the item types you want to work with or to look at only items you acquired in a certain length of time. When looking for duplicate items, filters can help by shortening search return lists. They lessen visual clutter & make scrolling & navigating easier. Use filters to get more specific.

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Remona Stormborn

Co-Owner of Gaia Foundation in the Great Canadian Grid. Owner of the Builders Resource Center, Rose City Design, & IDEA! in the Great Canadian Grid & InWorldz.

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