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Changing the View in a Finder Window

The previous chapter, Finding the Finder and Opening a Window, explains how to switch to the Finder and open a window. Once you have a window open, you can see a representation of the files and folders stored on your drive. However, you may wish to switch the view, in order to see those files and folders in a different way.

The most obvious view, perhaps, is icon view, because it shows your files and folders as icons. In this view, the icons are usually large enough that you can easily see that folders look like filing folders and documents often look like tiny pieces of paper .

① 	In icon view, icons for folders look like physical file folders. Icons for individual files often look like paper documents.

① In icon view, icons for folders look like physical file folders. Icons for individual files often look like paper documents.

Switching Views

② 	This cut-out of the top of the View menu shows the four view options, along with their keyboard shortcuts.

② This cut-out of the top of the View menu shows the four view options, along with their keyboard shortcuts.

③ 	The four view buttons are grouped near the top left of the Finder window. From left to right, they correspond with icon, list, column, and Cover Flow. Column view is selected here.

③ The four view buttons are grouped near the top left of the Finder window. From left to right, they correspond with icon, list, column, and Cover Flow. Column view is selected here.

List View

Column View

④ 	In column view, it’s easy to see that Essay #1 is in the Current Work folder. Also, it would be easy to move Essay #1 to a different folder, such as College Work, just by dragging it left one column.

④ In column view, it’s easy to see that Essay #1 is in the Current Work folder. Also, it would be easy to move Essay #1 to a different folder, such as College Work, just by dragging it left one column.

Cover Flow View

⑤ 	In this cut-out screenshot of a folder in Cover Flow view, the items in the folder are shown iconically in the upper pane and listed textually below.

⑤ In this cut-out screenshot of a folder in Cover Flow view, the items in the folder are shown iconically in the upper pane and listed textually below.

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