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

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Chapter 36. L

List Views

On the Macintosh: List Views

When you’re examining your folders and files in a Desktop window, both the Macintosh and Windows offer a list view—a compact textual display of a window’s contents. (The alternative Icon view is better suited for windows containing only a few files or folders.)

Looking for List view. The View menu of a Macintosh window doesn’t offer an equivalent of the standard Windows List view, in which your icons appear in multiple columns. You can simulate such an arrangement in a Macintosh window, however, like this:

  1. Choose View → as Icons.

  2. Choose View → View Options.

  3. Choose Keep arranged by Name (or specify any sorting order you prefer).

  4. Select the small icon size (see Figure 36-1). Click OK.

For more information, see View Menu.

Looking for Details view. What the Macintosh calls List view (see Figure 36-2) is the equivalent of the Windows Details view. As in Windows, you can click the heading above a column (where it says Size, for example) to sort the list by that criterion. To reverse the sorting order (from Z to A instead of A to Z, for example), however, don’t click the column header a second time, as on Windows. Instead, click the tiny pyramid above the vertical scroll bar (an option available only in Mac OS 8.1 and later).

Simulating the Windows list view
Figure 36-1. Simulating the Windows list view
Figure 36-2. List view

To specify which columns appear in a particular window, ...

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