There are six different ways to view files or folders inside folders:

1. Thumbnails

Large icons display images of the files, arranged in rows, with the file names underneath.

2. Filmstrip

The same as thumbnails, but this view has a large preview window at the top with arrows to scroll through the files.

3. Tiles

Large icons are displayed in rows, with the file names, types, and sizes to the right.

4. Icons

Large icons are displayed in rows with the file name underneath.

5. List

Small icons are displayed in columns with the file names to the right.

6. Details

Small icons are displayed in columns with the file names, size, type, and date modified to the right.

To change the folder view, click view on the folder toolbar at the top, then select the view. Some versions of Windows also have a view icon:

The thumbnails and filmstrip views are suitable for viewing photographs and other images. The details view can be used to sort files by name, size, type, or date modified by clicking the column heading to reverse the order.

The list view is best because files are displayed in columns and sorted alphabetically (unless the order was changed in the details view). To set your folders so the initial view is the same as the view when you closed the folder:

  • Open the control panel from the start menu.
  • Open folder options.
  • Select the view tab.
  • Make sure remember each folder’s view settings is selected.

Under the view tab, there is also an option to Show Control Panel in My Computer. If this option is selected, you will be able to access the control panel from My Computer.

David Dagley, CFP®, is a software developer and Adobe javascript expert, with 15 years of financial planning experience. He is the owner and president of Forms Doctor Inc., a company specializing in workflow automation solutions and financial planning calculators for investment dealers, financial advisors, and investment firms.
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I’m sorry to say it, but this article is like one from the early 90’s for someone who has never been on a computer before. That kind of info. is so elementary it’s almost insulting.

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