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 Here's a window in icon view, ...
List displays the window's contents as a sorted list (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 ...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 ...and the new Cover Flow.
To set a window's view
- If necessary, activate the window whose view you want to change.
Choose the view option you want from the View menu (Figure 5), or press the corresponding shortcut key.
Figure 5 The Finder's View menu.
Click the toolbar's view button for the view you want (Figure 6).
Figure 6 Use the View buttons in the toolbar to switch from one view to another.
The view of the window changes.