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Chapter 5. Organizing Files and Folders > Viewing Files and Folders in Differen...

Viewing Files and Folders in Different Ways

Explorer lets you view the contents of a folder several ways. You can vary the size of icons, change the details displayed, or view miniature previews of graphics and files, for example. Each view has advantages.

To change the view of a folder’s items

  • In Windows Explorer, select a folder; then choose a view from the View menu (Figure 5.9):

    Filmstrip (new in XP) creates a slide show of image files, with the selected file shown as a larger image above the others (Figure 5.10).

    Thumbnails displays large icons for easy identification (Figure 5.11).

    Tiles (new in XP) displays large, colorful icons with three lines of text that describe each file (Figure 5.12).

    Icons displays items the way icons are shown on the desktop (Figure 5.13).

    List lists the names of files and folders, preceded by small icons (Figure 5.14).

    Details displays a columnar list of files, folders, and their properties (Figure 5.15).

    Figure 5.9. The View menu is available from the menu bar or the toolbar.

    Figure 5.10. In Filmstrip view, use the first pair of buttons below the larger image to run forward or backward through the other images in the folder. Use the second pair of buttons to rotate the current picture.

    Figure 5.11. Thumbnails view is good for viewing photos, but it’s also useful if you want a large icon to click.

    Figure 5.12. In Tiles view, the information that appears depends on the file type.

    Figure 5.13. Icons view sorts items across rows.

    Figure 5.14. List view is the most compact display, showing the most files per window—but it’s also the most difficult to select files from.

    Figure 5.15. The column headings in Details view list the properties displayed for each file.



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