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Working with Window Views in OS X Mountain Lion

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In this chapter, Maria Langer shows you how to work with OS X’s window views. By understanding how each view works and what features it offers, you should be able to decide which views work best for the things you need to do.
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The OS X Finder displays the contents of your hard disk and other accessible volumes in windows. A window can show the contents of a volume or folder.

OS X offers several different window views that make it easy to see and work with a window’s contents. For example, you can view contents as icons or hierarchical lists that can be sorted any way you like. You can even use views that include previews of document contents so you can see a document without even opening it.

In this chapter, I tell you more about how to work with OS X’s window views. By understanding how each view works and what features it offers, you should be able to decide which views work best for the things you need to do.

Window Views

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

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. You can also set the view for each window separately.

To set a window’s view

  1. If necessary, activate the window for which you want to change the view.
  2. Do one of the following:

The view of the window changes.

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