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To see more details about a fileâ€™s contents, right-click on its name or icon and choose Properties from the pop-up menu.
Click the Summary tab and choose Advanced for the real fun. As shown in Figure 11-7, Windows displays the Artist, Album Title, Year, Track Number, Genre, Duration, and more technical information about how it was encoded. (I cover this stuff more in Chapter 13.)
Windows lets you see more information about files as they sit in a folder, too. Choose Details from a folderâ€™s View menu, as shown in Figure 11-8. Instead of just displaying icons, Windows displays detailed information about your files.
A To change views, click the itty-bitty downward-pointing arrow next to the right-most button on the toolbar, which lives atop most folders. (The button is shown in the margin.) A drop-down menu appears, listing options for arranging icons: Thumbnails, Tiles, Icons, List, and Details. Try them all to see what they do. (Clicking those options merely changes the way the folder displays its contents â€” it doesnâ€™t do any permanent damage.)
A Is the menu not living on top of your folderâ€™s window? Put it there by choosing Standard Buttons from the View menuâ€™s Toolbars option. That little bar of buttons now appears atop your window like a mantel over a fireplace.
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To see even more details about a file or folderâ€™s contents, click the Summary tab of the Properties dialog box.
Choose Details from a folderâ€™s View menu to make the folder display details about its contents.
Pearl Jam - Animal Properties
General | Summary
Property Value *
QT Artist Pearl Jam
1 (Album Title Vs.
QT Year 1993
QT T rack N umber 2
[~y Genre ROCK
â–ˇr Title Animal
[~y Comments Origin
FI License No
FI Duration 0:02:49
Q Bit Rate 64kbps
OK J [ Cancel ]
A If you canâ€™t remember what those little toolbar buttons do, rest your mouse pointer over a button and pretend itâ€™s lost. Windows XP displays a helpful box summing up the buttonâ€™s mission and, occasionally, places a further explanation along the bottom of the window.
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A Although some of the additional file information is handy, it can consume a lot of space, limiting the number of files you can see in the window. Displaying only the filename is often a better idea. Then, if you want to see more information about a file or folder, try the following tip.
At first, Windows XP displays filenames sorted alphabetically by name in its My Computer windows. But by right-clicking on a folder and choosing the different sorting methods in the Arrange Icons menu, you display the files in a different order. Windows puts the biggest ones at the top of the list, for example, when you choose Sort by Size. Or you can choose Sort by Type to keep files created by the same application next to each other. Or you can choose Sort by Date to keep the most recent files at the top of the list. Windows offers different sorting options for your music and picture folders.
When the excitement of sorting wears off, try clicking the little buttons at the top of each column â€” Size, for instance. That sorts the contents appropriately â€” the largest files at the top, for instance.
What's That Windows Explorer Thing?
Although Windows almost always displays your files and folders in its My Computer program window, another program can help you examine your files and folders. My Computer only shows the contents of a single folder at a time. Windows Explorer, on the other hand, lets you see all your folders at the same time, as shown in Figure 11-9. Best yet, Explorer is easy to load and get rid of.
To load Windows Explorer from My Computer, click the Folders button on the toolbar at the top. A list of folders tacks itself onto My Computerâ€™s left side, turning it into Windows Explorer. If you read the beginning of this chapter, where it talks about your folders being organized into a â€śtree,â€ť youâ€™ll recognize Windows Explorerâ€™s method of displaying files.
See how some folders have tiny plus signs next to them? That means more folders hide inside those folders. Click the plus sign, and the
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Click the Folders button from along a folderâ€™s toolbar to add the Windows Explorer programâ€™s view of your folders.
folder opens up, displaying the folders that live inside it. By clicking the plus signs, you can worm your way deeper inside folders.
Whatâ€™s the point? Well, Windows Explorer lets you view one folderâ€™s contents on the right side of the window, and all of your folderâ€™s names on the left. That makes it easier to move or copy items from one folder to another folder.
To copy a letter from your desktop to your Business Letters folder, for instance, open Windows Explorer and click Desktop on the left to display its contents on the windowâ€™s right. Right-click on the letterâ€™s icon and choose Copy, as described in this chapterâ€™s section about copying or moving files.