The desktop version of Mastodon has two different interfaces: a single column Twitter-style one, and a multicolumn Tweetdeck-style one.

✅ To switch between Mastodon's desktop interfaces, go to Preferences > Appearance > Enable Advanced Web Interface. Selecting it activates multicolumn, unselecting it activates single column.

Multicolumn lets you add lots of additional columns, which may be handy for desktops on very wide monitors.

@feditips I was so confused at the layout of this but then I've realized that they're 2 separate images

@feditips Additionally, multicolumn is just vastly superior if you are a #ScreenReader user, in my opinion. And it has hashtag pinning, which means you can have a couple hashtag you check often in easy reach, instead of searching for them each time. Pretty sure there is no such option in single column.

@feditips how do you add extra columns? for example I don't need a permanent column for notification, but multipl colums for the regular feed would be cool


Click on the settings icon in the top right of a column (three horizontal lines), then scroll down to the bottom of the column's menu and select "unpin" to remove that column or "pin" to add it.

To create a new column from scratch, click on an icon to make it appear (or search for a term in the search box if you want to have a hashtag column), then pin it when it appears.

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