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Chapter 1. Mousing, Menus, and More > List view and Icon view

List view and Icon view

If you followed the directions on the previous page, you're looking at a window full of icons, which are small pictures that represent the various files stored on your computer. These icons give you clues as to what kinds of files they are (we'll talk about that later). But some people prefer to view the files in a list of names, instead of looking at all the pictures. Let's change this window to a List view, using the mouse and a menu.

  1. Click once anywhere on the window, in any blank area. This selects the window and makes sure that the command we are about to choose does its business to this window.

  2. Position the tip of the pointer on the menu called "View," and click once right on the word "View." This menu will pop up:


    Notice there is a checkmark next to the choice "as Icons." The checkmark is a visual clue that tells you which view the window is currently displaying.


  3. Do not hold the mouse button down, but slide the pointer down to the choice "as List." The choice will highlight, or turn dark, and when it is dark (which means it's selected), click once on it.



    So now your window is displaying all of the items as a list, right? It should look similar to the example on the opposite page. This is called a "List view."


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