FRom the View tab in File Explorer, you can change how the window appears on the screen. You can hide or show the Navigation pane, change how the files appear (for example, as a detailed list or as icons), and hide files and folders you don't use very often. You can show panes that do not currently appear, including the Preview pane and the Details pane. You can also group files in various ways, show file name extensions, and more. The best way to learn your way around these options is to show and hide these panes, show and hide files, and change how the files and folders appear in the File Explorer window.
TIP You might not want to customize File Explorer too much right now, especially anything having to do with hiding files, folders, or the Navigation pane. If you change it too much, it won't look like what you see in the screen shots of this book.
Here are the options you can safely explore from the View tab.
■ NAVIGATION PANE The Navigation pane is the left pane that contains the folder and libraries lists. To hide this pane, click Navigation Pane and, in the resulting dropВdown list, click Navigation Pane again. This hides the pane. Repeat to show the pane.
PREVIEw PANE The Preview pane offers a preview of the selected file, so you don't have to open it. Click Preview Pane to show this pane and click again to hide it.
Details pane The Details pane offers detailed information about a file. The inforВmation offered is similar to what you'd see if you viewed the file's Properties page. Click Details Pane to show this pane and click again to hide it.
Layout group options The options in the Layout group include Extra Large Icons, Large Icons, Medium Icons, Small Icons, List, Details, Tiles, and Content. Click each to view it.
Group by Files and folders are listed alphabetically and in ascending order in File Explorer by default, but you can change that with the Group By options. Click Group By and select any option to group by that criterion.
SORT By You use the Sort By option to sort data by Date, Size, Rating, and other attriВbutes. Click Sort By and select an option, such as Date Taken, to group data differently.
ITEM CHECK BOxES Place a check by Item check boxes to show the check mark when items are selected. Clear the check marks to hide these marks.
FILE NAME ExTENSIONS Place a check by File Name Extensions to see the exВtension after the file name.
HIDDEN ITEMS Place a check beside this to show the data you've previously hidВden. The data you'll see (that is currently hidden) will appear in grayscale, and you can use Hide Selected Items to display the items.
HIDE SELECTED ITEMS With this option, you hide items you don't need to access regularly while leaving those items available on your computer. To hide any item, select it and then click Hide Selected Items. The items will be hidden. To reveal them, check Hidden Items (detailed in the previous bullet), select the item to reveal, and click Hide Selected Items to display the item.