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How to Change Column View Options in Mac OS X Snow Leopard Windows

In Mac OS X Snow Leopard, each column on the right represents a lower level of subfolders. To make changes to view options in column view mode, choose View@@→Show View Options to display the View Options dialog.

You can customize Snow Leopard’s glamorous column view settings.
You can customize Snow Leopard’s glamorous column view settings.

You have only five column view options, and any changes that you make to this dialog are always reflected in every column view:

  • Always Open in Column View: If this check box is selected, all Finder windows open in column view. (If deselected, new windows use the last view mode you used.)

  • Resizing icon label text: Click the Text Size pop-up menu to choose the font size (in points) for icon labels.

  • Show Icons: Select this check box to display icons in the columns. If this option is deselected, the icons don’t appear and you’ll gain a little space.

  • Show icon preview: Click this check box to select it, and Snow Leopard displays preview icons for image files — taking a little extra time to perform this service, naturally. (As you find out in the next bullet, column mode can be set to automatically display a preview thumbnail in the last column when you click an image or video file, and even some documents to boot. . . . Therefore, the usefulness of tiny icon previews in column mode may be limited for you.)

  • Show Preview Column: If this check box is selected, clicking a file in column mode displays a thumbnail (reduced image) and preview information in the right-most column.

    The Preview column provides more information on the selected file.
    The Preview column provides more information on the selected file.

    If you store a slew of smaller QuickTime movies and digital images on your drive, the Preview column is great. (You can even play a QuickTime movie from the Preview column.) Of course, longer movies and larger photos take more time to load!

  • Arranging icons: Click this pop-up menu to specify the sort criteria for the item names displayed in each column, using name, date modified, date created, size, item type, or the icon label.

Click the dialog’s Close button to save your settings and return to the Finder.

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