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Change the view type in "My Computer"

by bsn321 / January 18, 2006 10:09 AM PST

I have Windows XP Home Edition. I recently messed with the view settings for my Windows Explorer, and I inadvertently changed the view that used to show up when I explored "My Computer".

When I used to open the "My Computer" icon on my desktop, it would open a new window and arrange the icons in groups, according to things like: "hard drives", and "removable drives" ("removable media"?)... I think it also even listed "printers" - but the point is it used to list things in groups.

Now - it just lists things like every other folder - either by icons, list, or detail, etc...

How can I set it so that it shows me things in groups again? I've tried all the choices under "view" (including those listed in the little toolbar view button, but nothing sets it back to the way it was.

Any help greatly appreciated!!

Thanks -

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(NT) (NT) Have You tried 'Tiles'?
by phantazy / January 18, 2006 10:25 AM PST
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Re: Change the view type in "My Computer"
by Tufenuf / January 18, 2006 11:33 AM PST

Brad, Open My Computer, click View>Arrange Icons By and checkmark "Show in Groups".


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by alcayde08 / March 13, 2006 4:54 AM PST

I'm glad I came here for help. I had tried sorting by groups, but I never thought of ordering the icons by type after that.

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By Group - worked!
by bsn321 / January 19, 2006 10:12 AM PST

although I had to also sort by "type", otherwise it just groups by alphabetical order. Pretty cool! Thanks much.

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(NT) (NT) Glad it worked & Thanks for posting back
by Tufenuf / January 19, 2006 10:50 AM PST
In reply to: By Group - worked!
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