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Viewing the Folders List

Windows Vista offers a useful feature for managing files and folders, called the Folders list. The Folders list displays the window in two panes, or frames, which allows you to view information from two different locations. The left pane of the Folders list displays the file hierarchy of all the drives and folders on the computer, and the right pane displays the contents of the selected drive or folder. This arrangement enables you to view the file hierarchy of your computer and the contents of a folder simultaneously making it easy to copy, move, delete, and rename files and folders. Using the non filled arrow and the filled arrow to the left of an icon in the Folders list allows you to display different levels of the drives and folders on your computer without opening and displaying the contents of each folder.

View the Folders List

  • yellow01.jpg Open any folder window.
  • yellow02.jpg In the Navigation pane, click the Folders link.
  • yellow03.jpg Perform the commands you want to display folder structure and contents:
    • To show the file and folder structure, click the non filled arrow.
    • To hide the file and folder structure, click the filled arrow.
    • To display the contents of a folder, click the folder icon.
  • yellow04.jpg In the Navigation pane, click the Folders link again to close the Folders list.
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