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Question 4.13

I don't like the layout of summary and article buffer, how to change it? Perhaps even a three pane display?

Answer

You can control the windows configuration by calling the function gnus-add-configuration. The syntax is a bit complicated but explained very well in the manual node "Window Layout". Some popular examples:

Instead 25% summary 75% article buffer 35% summary and 65% article (the 1.0 for article means "take the remaining space"):

     (gnus-add-configuration
      '(article (vertical 1.0 (summary .35 point) (article 1.0))))

A three pane layout, Group buffer on the left, summary buffer top-right, article buffer bottom-right:

     (gnus-add-configuration
      '(article
        (horizontal 1.0
                    (vertical 25
                              (group 1.0))
                    (vertical 1.0
                              (summary 0.25 point)
                              (article 1.0)))))
     (gnus-add-configuration
      '(summary
        (horizontal 1.0
                    (vertical 25
                              (group 1.0))
                    (vertical 1.0
                              (summary 1.0 point)))))