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Chapter 2. Managing Files and Folders > Arranging Files and Folders in Icon Vie...

Arranging Files and Folders in Icon View

When you select List view to display your files and folders, you can change the way individual files and folders are sorted by using Arrange menu options on the View menu. You can sort the files by name, date, size, file kind, or color label. You can also have Mac OS X help you clean up your windows by aligning icons to an invisible grid. Each window contains an invisible grid, which icons snap to when called to line up. The Arrange menu options and the Clean Up command are only temporary until you make changes to the window. If you want Mac OS X to automatically keep icons arranged or cleaned up, you need to select appropriate options using the Show View Options command on the View menu.

Arrange or Clean Up Items in Icon View

Display the desktop or open the folder you want to arrange.

Click the Icon View button on the toolbar.

To arrange icons, click the View menu, point to Arrange, and then click the view you want to use:

  • Name

  • Date Modified

  • Date Created

  • Size

  • Kind

  • Label

To clean up icons, select the icons you want or deselect all, click the View menu, and then click Clean Up or Clean Up Selection.


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