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This chapter is from the book Working with List View

Working with List View

List view displays a window’s contents in an ordered list. Items cannot be manually moved around so there’s no need for a Clean Up command.

Windows displayed in list view also have a feature not found in other views: They can display the contents of folders within the window as an outline. This makes it possible to see and select the contents of more than one folder at a time.

To sort a window’s contents:

Click the column heading for the column you want to sort by.

The list is sorted by that column A.

Figure 8 A Click a column heading to sort by that column.

Figure 9 B Click the same column heading to reverse that column’s sort order.

To display or hide a folder’s contents in outline list view:

  • To display a folder’s contents, use one of the following techniques:
    • Click the right-pointing disclosure triangle beside the folder C.
    • Figure 10 C Disclosure triangles that point to the right indicate hidden content.

    • Click the folder once to select it, and press Command-Right Arrow.

    The items within that folder are listed below it, slightly indented D.

    Figure 11 D A disclosure triangle that points down indicates displayed content. In list view, this displays folder contents as an outline.

  • To hide a folder’s contents, use one of the following techniques:
    • Click the down-pointing disclosure triangle beside the folder E.
    • Click the folder once to select it, and press Command-Left Arrow.

    The outline collapses to hide the items in the folder D.

    Figure 12 E In list view, you can display multiple levels of folders as an outline.

To select multiple contiguous icons in list view:

Use one of the following techniques:

  • Position the pointer in front of the first icon F and drag over the other icons you want to select G.
  • Figure 13 F Position the pointer in front of the first icon you want to select.

    Figure 14 G Drag over the other icons you want to select.

  • Click to select the first icon H, hold down the Shift key, and click the last icon in the group you want to select I.
  • Figure 15 H Select the first icon.

    Figure 16 I Hold down Shift and click on the last icon.

To select multiple noncontiguous icons in list view:

  1. Click to select an icon H.
  2. Hold down the Command key and click another icon.
  3. The icon is also selected J.

  4. Repeat step 2 until all icons have been selected K.
  5. Figure 17 JK Command-click icons to select them.

To deselect icons:

Click anywhere in the window other than on an icon’s line of information.

To change a column’s width:

  1. Position the pointer on the line between the heading for the column whose width you want to change and the column to its right.
  2. The pointer turns into a vertical bar with two arrows L.

    Figure 18 L Position the pointer on the column border.

  3. Press the button down and drag:
    • To make the column narrower, drag to the left M.
    • Figure 19 M When you press the button down and drag, the column’s width changes.

    • To make the column wider, drag to the right.
  4. When the column is displayed at the desired width, release the button.

To change a column’s position:

  1. Position the pointer on the heading for the column you want to move.
  2. Press the button down and drag:
    • To move the column to the left, drag to the left N.
    • To move the column to the right, drag to the right.

    As you drag, the pointer turns into a grasping hand and the other columns shift to make room for the column you’re dragging N.

  3. When the column is in the desired position, release the button.
  4. The column changes its position O.

    Figure 20 N You can drag a column heading...

    Figure 21 O ...to change the column’s position.

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