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Get the Best View in Mac OS X Leopard

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Maria Langer explains how to work with Mac OS X's window views, as well as how to customize each view using step-by-step instructions and plenty of visuals.
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Window Views

A Finder window's contents can be displayed using four different views:

  • Icons displays the window's contents as small or large icons (Figure 1).
    Figure 1

    Figure 1 Here's a window in icon view, ...

  • List displays the window's contents as a sorted list (Figure 2).
    Figure 2

    Figure 2 ...list view, ...

  • Columns displays the window's contents with a multiple-column format that shows the currently selected disk or folder and the items within it (Figure 3).
    Figure 3

    Figure 3 ...column view, ...

  • Cover Flow, which is new in Mac OS X 10.5, displays a folder's contents as preview images.

You can switch from one view to another with the click of a button, making it easy to use any view you like for any window you're viewing.

In this chapter, I tell you more about how to work with Mac OS X's window views, as well as how to customize each view.

Figure 4

Figure 4 ...and the new Cover Flow.

To set a window's view

  1. If necessary, activate the window whose view you want to change.
  2. Choose the view option you want from the View menu (Figure 5), or press the corresponding shortcut key.

    Figure 5

    Figure 5 The Finder's View menu.

    or

    Click the toolbar's view button for the view you want (Figure 6).

    Figure 6

    Figure 6 Use the View buttons in the toolbar to switch from one view to another.

    The view of the window changes.

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