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Working with Column View

Column view (Figure 3) displays the contents of a window in multiple columns. Clicking a folder in one column displays the contents of that folder in the column to its right. Clicking a document or application in a column displays a preview or information about the item in the column to its right.

To display a folder's contents

Click the name of the folder you want to view the contents of.

The contents of the folder appear in the column to the right of the one you clicked in (Figure 29).

Figure 29

Figure 29 Selecting a folder in column view displays the contents of that folder in the column to the right.

To display a document preview

Click the icon for the document you want to preview.

If a preview for the document is available, it appears in the column to the right of the one you clicked in, along with additional information about the file (Figure 30).

Figure 30

Figure 30 Selecting a document in column view can display a preview and additional information for the document in the column to the right.

Or

If a preview is not available, the icon for the item appears in the column to the right of the one you clicked.

To move through the folder hierarchy

To scroll through the folder hierarchy, use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the window (Figure 31):

  1. Click the left scroll button to scroll backward and view parent folders.
  2. Click the right scroll button to scroll forward and view child folders.
Figure 31

Figure 31 You can scroll forward or backward through the file hierarchy by using the horizontal scroll bar.

To change column width

  1. Position the mouse pointer on the bottom of the divider between two columns (Figure 32).
    Figure 32

    Figure 32 To resize a column, start by positioning your mouse pointer on the divider...

  2. Drag as follows:
    • Drag to the right to make the column wider (Figure 33).
      Figure 33

      Figure 33 Then drag to make the column wider, as shown here, or narrower.

    • Drag to the left to make the column narrower.

To view more columns

Drag the resize handle in the bottom-right corner of the window to the right to make the window wider. The wider a window is, the more columns are displayed (Figure 34).

Figure 34

Figure 34 You can view more columns by making the window larger.

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