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I think it's time to move away from the Details view.

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I think it's time to move away from the Details view.

    Ever since the Graphical User Interface was introduced, EVERY single folder by default, from mac to Windows, is in some kind of little details view with a little folder icon next to the folder name. Well, for the sake of Start Screen's visual approach, I think it would be best to go from Details view, to Large Icon view in Windows Explorer. For the naysayers, the amount of viewable folders and files actually remains the same in most cases and usually increases the amount, even with the Details pane in Windows 8 enabled. Without the Details pane, the amount viewable increases.

    Proof of such...
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  2. #2

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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux

    If you use large icons you loose the ability to see the detail provided by additional columns. It's fine for basic folders where there are few details, but for folders that contain photographs, music or many other categories, it just doesn't work. Personally, I'll stay with details view, which also consumes less space when used in conjunction with filters appropriate for the content.
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  3. #3

    Like Calico, I use details view all the time, it provides me with vital info. I use it a lot for my music. To me, the details view needs to stay, and besides the scroll wheel is not hard to use at all!
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  4. #4

    Posts : 131
    Win7-8 Dual Boot on a Commodore 64

    Deliver us from evil ? Amen

    @1440 x 900 I was able to view only 8.
    But I'll try it anyway, because the devil is in the details.

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  5. #5

    In 7 I often use Large Icon view. I have installed custom file/folder packs so they look much nicer than the plain old manila. Eye candy!
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  6. #6

    Norwich, UK
    Posts : 85
    Windows 8 Pro

    I see your point (kind of) but details view (for me at least) is much more useful.

    I will be the first to admit... my user structure is not the most organised in the world, as this machine has 3 machines worth of data amalganated onto it, and "My Documents" becomes a sort of dump for everything that I haven't organised yet.

    The only time Large Icons is really necessary (imo) is for Pictures and Videos... and if it's a pics or vids folder, Windows will generally automatically do that for you anyway.
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  7. #7

    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT

    That is why we have a choice. I use different views on different folders depending on my needs. They don't all have to be the same.

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  8. #8

    Posts : 75
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    I have been using tile view. I used to use details, but now you can pin the "details pane" icon up to the top, so that you can one-click toggle the details pane and see more info about a file if you have to. It gives you the best of both worlds.
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  9. #9

    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    You can choose?

    So you can choose the "Details" that you want to see in the W8 "Details pane"?
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  10. #10

    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by stevieray View Post
    In 7 I often use Large Icon view. I have installed custom file/folder packs so they look much nicer than the plain old manila. Eye candy!
    Yum......eye candy.
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