The Change View buttons appear in the bottom right corner of the File Explorer window
Change the View
I haven't found the exact name for this feature, but in the bottom right corner of the File Explorer window are two buttons, as shown in Figure E, that allow you to quickly change the view used to display files. You can select one button to quickly change to the Details view and the other button to quickly change to the Large Thumbnails view.
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Sorry MSFT, but from a usability and layout perspective, Win XP Explorer/File Manager still rocks. I can easily change the sidebar, I do not have to puddle around with "Libraries" but instead with "real" folder. Using both Win XP and Win 7, I can't see much good in Explorer for 8 - or 7 for that matter. I guess the only area where 7 (and 8?) shines is how it scans and updates your network connected resources. That area is clearly better than XP.
I haven't read anywhere else that this button is back. We are just starting to get a larger percentage of Win 7 machines so I have just started running into not having this button. Bill
I've seen this mentioned incessantly by some. In Win 7 all you have to do is click on the desired folder (in the address bar) above the one you are currently viewing and voila, you are there. You can even move up several levels! W.T.F., people? It's not magic! Just look around.