Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Windows Lista

"List" is my favorite view style in Explorer. Not Details, not any of the big-icon crappy views, but List. Wonderful, columnar List. Sadly, it's gone in Vista. But, it is now my personal crusade to get it back, because it's by far the most useful view, giving you much more efficient use of your screen real estate. I'm not alone by any means. Together we will prevail.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

We shall perservere.

Andy Rutledge said...

I use Details almost exclusively, as I like to be able to toggle between Name and Date Modified sorting by just clicking on the column headers.

Unless there's a keyboard shortcut that makes that easy to do in List view...

Anonymous said...

Why do you need to constantly do that? I can maybe see doing it on a couple folders but in general if I go to "All Programs" I want to be able to see a list w/ columns instead of one column. If you only do it on one folder you can always just set those couple folders to that. If you do it on many of your folders then you should seek counseling.

Travis said...

Yeah, it's quite rare that I need to sort by date, and if I do, I can always right-click for that. Actually, in Vista, it would be even easier, because you always get column headings, even in the icon views. Of course, at that point, they're not really "column headings," but they do the same thing and are in the same place.

Travis said...

In the end it just comes down to effective use of space on the screen. The extra efficiency and context that list mode affords me by showing more objects on the screen at once more than makes up for any slight extra work it takes to change the sort order.

Andy Rutledge said...

Since you asked, I sort by date all the time and it works great.

I work with GIS data, and I often create new files in a directory with some kind of temporary name (rivers1, counties5) that I don't care to remember. When I want to open that file later on I don't have to dig through my brain for the file name, I sort by date, find the one at the bottom of the list, and open it.

Same thing with downloading a bunch of files online - often I'm more concerned with just finding the X most recent downloaded files than digging through and finding those X files by name.

Travis said...

Then you are a perfect candidate for details view! :)