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Chapter 3. Customizing the Finder > Customizing Finder Window Views

Customizing Finder Window Views

In each of the Finder window views (as Icons, as List, and as Columns), you can set view specific options to customize the way you view icons. For Icon and List views, you can select to apply your changes to the current window or to all Finder windows (a personal default). In Icon view, you can change icon size, label position, arrangement, and background. In List view, you can change file size, date, and status related information. To make the display easier to view, you can display relative dates, such as “Today” and “Yesterday.” In Column view, you can show icons and the preview column (summary information in the right column).

Change Icon View Options

Open a Finder window.

Click the View menu, and then click As Icons.

Click the View menu, and then click Show View Options.

To change the icon size, drag the slider left or right.

To change the icon text size, click the pop-up, and then select a size.

Click the label position option (Bottom or Right) you want.

Select or clear the following check boxes:

  • Snap To Grid. Check to have icons snap to an invisible grid.

  • Show Item Info. Check to show item info under the icon name.

  • Show Icon Preview. Check to show an image, sound or movie.

  • Keep Arranged By. Check and select an arrange option from the pop-up.

Click the Background option you want, and any related settings.

Click the This Window Only or All Windows option to select where to apply view changes.

Click the Close button.


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