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Customize the Icon View

1.
Open a Finder window. Click the “Icon View” button, as circled below.

2.
From the View menu, choose “Show View Options.”

3.
First of all, in the top portion of the preferences window, make a choice of whether you want these changes to apply to “This window only” or to “All windows.”

Notice the title bar of the preferences pane shows you the name of the currently active window, the one to which these changes will apply.

4.
Experiment with these options.

Use the slider to change the size of the icons.

Use the Text size menu to change the size of the text that labels each file.

And use Label position to put the labels (file titles) to the right side of the icons (they're generally on the “Bottom”).

5.
If you check Snap to grid, every time you add or move an icon in the window, it will “snap” into a certain position on the invisible, underlying grid. This makes sure your icons are always lined up neatly.

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If “Snap to grid” is turned on, you can override it: Hold down the Command key as you move an icon in the window, and it will stay right where you put it—it will not snap to the grid.

If “Snap to grid” is turned off, you can override it: Hold down the Command key as you move an icon in the window, and it will snap to the nearest spot on the grid.

6.
Show item info: This displays information about some icons. For instance, the window will display how many items are in each folder. It will also display the size (in pixels) of graphic files.

Show icon preview: This displays tiny versions of the actual images for graphic files and photos.

Keep arranged by: This combines “Snap to grid” with an arrangement determined by you—choose an arrangement from the menu (the menu is only available after you check the box). For instance, if you choose “Name,” any file you drag into or save into this window will automatically snap to the underlying grid and alphabetize itself. If you choose “Kind,” all items will be grouped by what kinds of files they are—applications, folders, text files, photos, etc. “Labels” is also an option, but in this case it refers to the colored labels, as explained on page 408, not the labels (titles) mentioned in Step 4!

7.
Background: Click the “Color” button to make a tiny color box appear; click the color box to get the Colors Panel to choose a background color for the window, as shown on the opposite page.

Click the “Picture” button to select a graphic image. Click “White” to remove all color and images from the window background.


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