The default view for a content item is set by the system for Document, Image, and File, and by custom add-on software for custom types. If a content item contains other items, a list of the items can always be seen in the Contents view.
Recall that we added fruit images for to the “Fruits” document, for which we saw a listing via the “Contents” view. Viewing the fruits in this way is useful, but it requires two steps:
We would rather make it so that when “Fruits” is clicked, it shows the list of contained items immediately, and by default. We do this by setting the default view for the “Fruits” document to “Folder view” (“Folder view” is about to be clicked in this view, and it will then show the check mark):
Now when we click directly on the “Fruits” document, we see a list view:
Should you later want to change the default view back to normal document view, you can set the it back to “Default view.” This could happen if a document contains other documents, and is used as a simple list for a time, having default view set to “Folder view,” but then the contained documents are removed for some reason. The original document could then have its default view set back to “Default view” and perhaps its description revised and body text entered or updated.
Or, perhaps the main document containing other documents, images, or files, has a custom body treatment, complete with links to the contained items. In this case, the default view would be kept as “Default view” to show the title, description, and custom body. We could do this for “Fruits” but consider the advantage of not maintaining a custom body with links – with default view set to “Folder view,” anytime we add or delete a fruit image, the list view is automatically up-to-date.