In Part 5 of Setting Up a Filing System, I said I’d show you how to set up Windows Explorer to help you find your files faster. Many of you may know Windows Explorer as My Computer, since that is the name Windows gives the shortcut.
The default view of files in Windows Explorer is the Icon view (click on the thumbnail to see in full size).
This view has a number of disadvantages:
Some people like the icon view, but I personally loathe it. The first thing I do on a new computer is to open Windows Explorer and change to the Detail view.
The things I like about the Detailed view are:
Changing the view in Windows Explore is quite simple. On the tool bar, there is a button that looks like a generic Windows icon. Click on that button to get a drop down list of available Views. Click on your preferred view. As I said earlier, my favorite view is the Detail view. Windows 7 note: You change the view the same way except that the button is on the right side of the tool bar.
Now, this only changes the view of the particular folder you are currently looking at. In order to change the default view in Windows Explorer, you need to take one more step.
Click on “Tools” on the menu bar and choose “Folder Options”. Then, in the Folder Options dialogue box, click on the View tab, and then on the “Apply to All Folders” button. This will change your default view.
Using the detail view in Windows Explorer will help you find the files you need faster.