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Changing the Explorer Layout

File Explorer gives you the option to customize the layout for each Explorer window depending on the information the window contains. The layout for each Explorer window includes a Preview pane, Details pane, and Navigation pane. The Preview pane provides a preview of the selected item, such as a picture. The Details pane a thumbnail preview and information about the selected item, such as the file name, type, date modified, dimensions, size, and date created. The Navigation pane provides a tree structure to navigate folders and drives on your SkyDrive, This PC, or libraries. The Details and Navigation panes appear by default. The Panes group on the View tab provides options to show or hide the Explorer layout elements (New!).

Change the Explorer Layout

  • yellow_1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • yellow_2.jpg Open the folder window you want to change.
  • yellow_3.jpg Click or tap the View tab.
  • yellow_4.jpg Select the layout pane button you want to show or hide: Preview Pane, Details Pane, or Navigation Pane (and then click or tap Navigation pane).
  • yellow_5.jpg Click or tap the Navigation Pane button, and then click or tap an option to show or hide items in the Navigation pane: Show all folders, Show libraries (New!), or Show favorites.

    Layout options vary depending on the type of Explorer window.

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