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The Detail Window

The Detail window displays various columns of song information. The visible columns in the Detail window vary depending on which source you select in the Source pane and which options you choose in the View Options window (see page 229).

Select and play songs

To play any song in the “Name” column, double-click its title. When that selection has finished, iTunes plays the next song in the list that has a checkmark next to it.

When you insert a CD, by default all the song titles have a checkmark next to them, which means they will all play in order when you click the “Play” button. The checkmark also determines which songs will be encoded and placed in iTunes when you click the “Import CD” button (page 204).

  • To select (check) all songs at once, Command-click on any empty checkbox.
  • To deselect (uncheck) all the songs at once, Command-click on any checkbox that has a check in it.
  • To select a group of contiguous songs (songs that are adjacent to each other in the song list), click on one song, then Shift-click another song. All titles between the two clicks will be automatically added to your selection.
  • To select a group of non-contiguous songs (songs that are not adjacent to each other in the song list), Command-click on the songs you want to select.

Resize or rearrange columns

If song titles are cut off by the narrow width of the “Name” column or if one of the columns is too narrow or too wide, you can resize the column. Place your cursor over the thin gray dividing line that separates two columns. The cursor becomes a bi-directional arrow. Press-and-drag the line to the left or right as far as necessary to resize the column to your liking.

To rearrange the columns, press on a column’s title bar. When you start to drag, the arrow turns into a grabber hand as shown below. Drag the column left or right to a new position.

Organize the column information

The Detail window is always organized by the selected column. In the example above, the information is organized alphabetically by artist name—you can see that the “Artist” column heading is highlighted.

Click the small triangle to the right of a selected column name to reverse the order in which the information is displayed. For instance, if you select the column head, “Rating,” and then click its triangle, the songs will be listed in order of how you rated them; click the triangle again to reverse the order of the ratings.

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