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Quick Start

In this tutorial, you will scan a folder, explore the scanned contents, and change the display settings.

  1. From the "File" menu, select Scan Folder.

    A File dialog appears
  2. Select a folder that you want to scan, for example your Home folder and click Scan.

    GrandPerspective will start scanning the folder. For all files in the folder it will retrieve the size, name and some other properties. When the scan is complete, a view window will be shown which visualises the disk usage of all files in the scanned folder. Each rectangle corresponds to a file.


    See also: GrandPerspective views
  3. Hover with the mouse over the window.

    In the bottom of the window, the name and size of the selected file is shown. Notice how it changes each time the mouse moves to a different rectangle. You may also notice that files stored in the same folder appear closely together. By default, they will have the same color.


    See also: Navigating views
  4. Click the Drawer control in the toolbar of the view window

    A drawer will open. It will show the Info panel with more details about the scanned files.


    See also: The view's drawer
  5. Click on the Display header in the drawer

    The Display panel will be shown. This panel lets you change how the files are displayed
  6. Change the "Color by:" selection to "Last change"

    The color of the files in the view changes. Files are now colored based on their modification time

    See also: The view's Display panel
  7. Change the selected palette to "Heatmap 12"

    A different palette is selected for coloring the files. This palette has twelve gradually changing colors. It is very suitable in combination with coloring by "Last change". Files that recently have changed have a "hot" color, whereas files that have not changed for a long time, will have a "cold" color.


This quick start should give you an idea of what the application does and how to use it. You should now be ready to explore the application on your own. Alternatively, read more about GrandPerspective first.