Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Navigating with Windows Explorer
Figure 21
Preparing to change views
To change the appearance
of the icons using the
Change your view button,
you can also drag the slider
to select an icon size or set
a size somewhere between
the predefined views.
Change your view
button menu
slider; drag to
select a view
2. Click Tiles . The window shows the same files, but with larger icons than in
Details view.
3. Click the Change your view button arrow
on the toolbar, and then click
Details to return to Details view.
No matter which view you use, you can sort the fi le list by fi lename or another detail,
such as size, type, or date. If you’re viewing music fi les, you can sort by details such as
contributing artists or album title; and if you’re viewing picture fi les, you can sort by details such
as date taken or size. Sorting helps you fi nd a particular fi le in a long fi le listing. For example,
suppose you want to listen to a song on a certain album, but you can’t remember the song
title. You can sort the music fi le list in alphabetic order by album to fi nd the song you want.
To sort the music file list by album:
1. Click the Album button at the top of the list of files. The up-pointing arrow in
the upper-middle part of the Album button indicates that the files are sorted in
ascending (A–Z) alphabetic order by album name.
2. Click the Album button again. The down-pointing arrow on the Album button
indicates that the sort order is reversed, with the albums listed in descending
(Z–A) alphabetic order.
3. Click the Close button
to close the Sample Music window.
Now Elena says you can compare the Computer window to Windows Explorer,
another navigation tool.
Navigating with Windows Explorer
Like the Computer window, Windows Explorer also lets you easily navigate the resources
on your computer. All of the techniques you use with the Computer window apply to
Windows Explorer—and vice versa. Both let you display and work with fi les and folders.
The only difference is the initial view each tool provides. By default, when you open the
Computer window, it shows the drives and devices on your computer. When you start
Windows Explorer, it displays the Libraries folder, which lets you access resources such
as documents, music, pictures, and videos.
Elena mentions that because people use Windows Explorer often, Windows 7 provides
its button on the taskbar for easy access.
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