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|Windows 2000 Basics : Working with Files Folder views|
Here Windows Explorer has been opened.
The Control Panel folder has been selected.
The contents of the Control Panel folder are showing in the right pane.
In this screenshot, we've used the mouse to drag the middle bar (indicated) so that the right pane now has more space.
Since there is now more space, a description of the folder contents is now showing.
Here we have selected the Fonts item (1) and a description of this item (2 ) is displayed.
The Control Panel folder is a special folder. Next, we'll navigate to a more typical folder.
In this screenshot, the My Computer node has been closed, and the My Documents folder is open.
The machine illustrated is being used to create a Screenbook (which you are reading). The Screenbook is being stored in a folder. Screenbooks are made up of multiple files. We can look at the files in the screenbook by looking at the folder.
In the folder tree, the folder for this screenbook (the one you are now reading) has been selected.
In this screenshot, the file for the screenshot for the previous slide has been selected (2) and a thumbnail image of that screenshot (1 ) is being displayed. More information about the file is being displayed above the thumbnail.
You can sort the files by name by clicking on the Name bar (this is the default, so they were already sorted by name).
You can sort the files by size by clicking on the Size bar.
Move the scrollbar at the bottom to display more columns.
Here the scrollbar has been moved, and now the Type and Modified columns are appearing. Type shows the file type, and Modified shows the date that the file was last changed.
You can sort these columns also by clicking on the column headers.
The contents of the right pane on your machine may be presented differently. The type of information displayed in the right pane is controled by the View pulldown. As you can see, in the screenshots in this series are showing the Details view.
Next, we will change to the Large Icons view.
The same contents are being displayed in the right pane, but instead of detailed information in columns, just an icon is showing.
This is the Small Icons view.
This is the List view.
This is the Thumbnails view. This view is most useful when the folder is used to store picture files.
You can set all of your folders to the Details view. To do this, first set the current folder to View > Details.
Next, choose Tools > Folder Options.
The Folder Options dialog opens.
Select the View tab.
You can set all folders to display like the current folder. Clicking on the indicated button will cause Windows Explorer to always display the folder contents in the right pane with Detail view (since the current folder has Detail view selected).
Another useful option in this dialog is Hide file extensions for known file types.
If this is not checked, Windows Explorer (and dialogs in Windows programs) will show the file extension. (See next slide).
The file extension of the indicated file is the ".htm". This extension determines what program is used to open the file. You may find that having the file extension shown as in this example can be useful in some cases.