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Magento - Product Grid change display numbers

Having searched the Magento help libraries and videos extensively to find some advice, I finally found a great solution to changing the number of columns of products that are displayed in a Magento category or search result (and therefore how many products your customer can see on a page). 

There are plenty of suggestions that involve hacking the core code (not a great idea if you're planning on updating the installation), rewriting template files and several other methods. Then I came across this elegant and simple solution. Just by adding one line to one file in within your Magento template you can change how many products are displayed.

app/design files 
$_helper $this->helper('catalog/output');
$this->setData('column_count',5);            <------ add this line
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