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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 22. V

View Menu

In Windows: View Menu

As on the Macintosh, you can view the icons in a Windows window in several different ways. Most of the commands you’re used to seeing in the View menu (or the contextual menu for any window) have close relatives in Windows, as follows:

As icons, as list. The Mac OS offers views of the files in a window: Icon, Button, or List. The Windows Large Icons and Small Icons views (available in the View menu) duplicate the Mac’s Icon view, and the Windows Details view matches the Mac’s List view.

Although Windows offers a List view, it has little in common with the Mac’s List view; instead, the Windows List view shows multiple columns of small icons, which frequently requiring horizontal scrolling. See Table 22-1 for a summary of how the different views compare.

As buttons. Windows has no built-in equivalent of the Button View found in Mac OS 8 and later, in which a single click on any enlarged icon “button” opens the corresponding file. Still, if you miss this aspect of the Macintosh interface, you can simulate it on your PC if you have Windows 98 or later:

  1. Open the window in question. Using the View menu, set the view to either Large Icons or Small Icons.

  2. Choose View → Folder Options → Custom → Settings to open the Custom Settings dialog box (see Figure 22-1).

  3. In the bottom set of options, click “Single-click to open an item (point to select).”

Once you’ve done that, icons work much like they do in Button view on the Macintosh, except that you can drag ...

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