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Renovating My Computer 306 Show text labels--This option adds text to every button. This makes the buttons much easier to figure out, so I recommend going with this option. Selective text on right--This is the default option, and it displays text on only some buttons. As I've mentioned, this is a pretty dumb way of doing things. No text labels--This option displays every button using just its icon. If you already know what each icon represents, selecting this option will give you a bit more room because the toolbar will be at its narrowest. Windows Wisdom If you make a mess of the toolbar, you can return it to square one by displaying the Customize Toolbar dialog box again and clicking Reset. · Controlling the size of the icons--Use the items in the Icon Options list. Select either Small icons or Large icons (this is the default). Click Close to put your new settings into effect. Views You Can Use: Changing How Folders and Files Are Displayed In the standard My Computer view, each file and folder is displayed using a big, fat icon. However, there are also several other views you can try on for size. You access these views either by pulling down the View menu or by clicking the Views button in the toolbar (see Figure 26.2). There are five possibilities: · Thumbnails--This view displays previews--called thumbnails --of all the image files in the cur- rent folder. If you have any HTML files in the folder (these are files that contain Web page data), a thumbnail of the Web page is shown. I told you more about this view in Chapter 8, "Playing with Pictures." For an example, see Figure 8.1. · Tiles--This is the default honkin' icon view that displays the files in columns. · Icons--This view displays files and folders using smaller, cuter versions of the icons arranged in rows (see Figure 26.2). · List--This view also displays the files and folders using even smaller icons, and everything is arrayed in multiple columns (see Figure 26.2). · Details--This view displays the files and folders using a four-column list (see Figure 26.2). For each file and folder, you see its Name, its Size, its Type (such as WordPad Document), and Date Modified (the date and time it was last changed). However, these aren't the only columns available. There's actually a truckload of them, and you can see the complete list by selecting View, Choose Details. (This command is around only when you're in Details view.) In the Column Details dialog box, use the check boxes to toggle columns on and off.