Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
The tasks in the left pane change so that they are appropriate for the new location—in
Figure 25, the left pane lists music tasks and other folders you might want to open. The
right pane shows the contents of the folder you double-clicked. The file icon indicates its
type. In Figure 25, the icon indicates that these are music files.
You can change the appearance of most windows to suit your preferences. You’ll
change the view of the My Computer window next.
Changing the View
Windows XP offers several options that control how toolbars, icons, and buttons appear in
the My Computer window. The My Computer window, in addition to featuring a Standard
Buttons toolbar, allows you to display the same toolbars that can appear on the Windows XP
taskbar, such as the Address bar or the Links toolbar. You can use these toolbars to access
the Web from the My Computer window. In this tutorial, however, you need to see only
the Address bar and Standard Buttons toolbar.
To display only the Address bar and Standard Buttons toolbar:
1. Click View on the menu bar, and then point to Toolbars . The Standard Buttons and
Address Bar commands on the Toolbars submenu should be checked, indicating that they
are displayed in the My Computer window. The Links option should not be checked.
2. If the Standard Buttons or Address Bar commands are not checked , click the command to
select it. Or if the Links command is checked , click it to deselect it. You must display the
Toolbars submenu to select or deselect each command.
3. If necessary, click View on the menu bar, and then point to Toolbars . Make sure that only
Standard Buttons, Address Bar, and Lock the Toolbars are checked.
4. Press the Esc key twice to close the menus.
Windows XP also provides five ways to view the contents of a disk—Thumbnails, Tiles,
Icons, List, and Details. The default view, Tiles view, displays a large icon, title, file type,
and file size for each file. The icon provides a visual cue to the type of file. You can also
find this same information with the smaller icons displayed in the Icons and List views,
but in less screen space. In Icons and List views, you can see more files and folders at one
time, which is helpful when you have many files in one location.
All of the three icon views (Tiles, Icons, and List) help you quickly identify a file and its
type, but what if you want more information about a set of files? Details view shows more
information than the other three views. Details view shows the file icon, filename, file
size, program used to create the file, and the date and time the file was created or last
If you have graphic files, you can use Thumbnails view, which displays a small preview
image of the graphic. In Thumbnails view, you can quickly see not only the filename, but
also which picture or drawing the file contains. Thumbnails view is great for browsing a
large collection of graphic files, but switching to this view can be time-consuming
because Windows XP must first create all the preview images.
To practice switching from one view to another, you’ll start by displaying the contents
of the folder you opened earlier in Details view. So far, you’ve used the View menu to
change the window view. Now you can use the Views button, which displays the same
commands for changing views as the View menu.