Changing How the Contents of a Window Are Displayed
You can view the contents of a window in a variety of ways. By default, Windows uses large icons to display the contents of a window. If you want to see more of a window's contents at one time, you can change the view to Small Icons. You can also display such details about an item as its type, its size, and the date it was last modified. Changing the way a window displays its contents can make it easier to find what you need.
The View command affects only the current window. Windows will retain this view in that particular window until you make a change.
Sorting the Contents of a Window
You sort the contents of a window so that you can more easily find the files you want. Windows enables you to arrange the files in a folder by name, type, date, and size. Sorting the files is even easier if you choose to view them by the file details first. You can sort files viewed as large or small icons or as a list.
You can also sort by name in alphabetical order, by file type, or by date from oldest to most recent by choosing the appropriate command from the View, Arrange Icons submenu. You can also click the column header in Details view to sort by that column.
If you are working in the My Computer window, you have different options for arranging the icons. You can arrange by type, size, drive letter, or free space.
Changing the View Style
You can choose to display the contents of a window as links, which makes working with that window similar to browsing the Internet or an intranet (an internal network set up like the Internet). With a single click, you can open files, folders, or drives.
To return to the Classic style, open the View menu and choose the Folder Options command. Choose Classic style and click the OK button.
Working in Web View
In Web view, you can single-click an item to activate it. You can also view more information about the window contents in two separate panes.
To go back to the Classic style, open the View menu and choose the Folder Options command. Choose Classic style and click the OK button.
The Web Page command under the View menu is turned on automatically.
You can customize the view to your own settings. Click the View menu, select the Folder Options command, and choose Custom. Click the Settings button, and then make your selections. After you're satisfied with the selections you've made, click the OK button.