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It ought to depend
Authored by: JoeHope on Feb 29, '04 05:26:53PM

...on what you're doing at the time. I chose "other", because I'm regularly switching between all three.

Column is vastly better for scanning through directory trees

List is better for sorting by date / looking at sizes and generally dealing with things when you're sure you're in the right directory

Icon is excellent for my home page, where I *know* where everything is - spatially.

A true power user wouldn't restrict themselves to "the UI must look like this", but rather choose between them for efficiency.

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It ought to depend- ditto
Authored by: NeutronMonk on Mar 03, '04 07:32:05AM

Agreed. For example, when burrowing the hard drive, column view is best. When opening Applications, I like list view for the size, version, etc. columns. Folders of graphic images I have set to icon view, huge (128x128). I just wish the finder was more consistent with these settings. If I open the applications folder from the dock, it always remembers what I set it to (list). In this new finder window, if I click a graphics folder in the sidebar, it will open properly as (icon). If in this same finder window I click on my harddrive ( above the bar that separates the disks from the rest of the sidebar stuff), it will open properly in column view; however, now whatever I click on in the sidebar wants to open in column view, regardless of where I had it set. If you confine your clicking to the stuff below "the bar" in the sidebar, it will open as you set it.
My other big wish is for a method to see invisible files in only one view; i.e., the ability to see invisible files only when I'm browsing my HD in column view. Anybody know if this has been done?

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