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Changing Views

How do you like to see your files and folders displayed? Well, Windows Explorer offers a lot of different view options, including the following:

  • Content, shown in Figure 6.7, which displays one item per line with information about that item—including date modified, size, author, or type.
    Figure 6.7

    Figure 6.7 Content view.

  • Tiles, shown in Figure 6.8, which is a grid of small icons for each item, with filename and size beside each file icon.
    Figure 6.8

    Figure 6.8 Tiles view.

  • Details, shown in Figure 6.9, a line listing of each item with columns for name, date modified, type, and size. The nice thing about Details view is that you can sort folder contents by any column; just click the column header to do the sort. You can also rearrange the columns, by clicking and dragging any column head to a new position. You can even customize the columns displayed by right-clicking the column header row and checking or unchecking file attributes in the resulting pop-up menu. A very versatile view.
    Figure 6.9

    Figure 6.9 Details view.

  • List, shown in Figure 6.10, which lists the contents of the folder, no other details displayed, using as many columns as necessary. This is probably the most economical view.
    Figure 6.10

    Figure 6.10 List view.

  • Icons—individual icons for each file or folder, sized from small (Figure 6.11) to extra large (Figure 6.12).
    Figure 6.11

    Figure 6.11 Small icon view.

    Figure 6.12

    Figure 6.12 Extra large icon view.

To switch views, simply click the Views button on the toolbar and select the view you want, as shown in Figure 6.13. For the icons views, use the slider to change icon size; the size is variable, so you aren't limited to a stock two or three sizes.

Figure 6.13

Figure 6.13 Changing Windows Explorer views.

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