Views - Format

Views in Drupal have six distinct variations.  The format dictates the display behavior of your view.

Here is a quick run down with examples of the types of formats.  Each format is discussed in greater depth below. 

Type of format Example
Grid http://learnthebluedrop.com/format-grid
HTML List http://learnthebluedrop.com/format-htmllist
Jump menu http://learnthebluedrop.com/format-jumplist
Table http://learnthebluedrop.com/format-tablelist
Unformatted list http://learnthebluedrop.com/format-unformatted-list

When you create a new view, you are required to select a display format.  This selection is not permanent.  You can change it in the future.  Explore the different formats!

Click the settings to customize the settings for that format.

Each format has a unique group of settings.  These settings will add significant customization to you view.  Like the formats, you should explore the settings to fully understand each format.

Grid is the first format.  Grid is grid. Your content is displayed in a grid.

The grid format of your content.   An example of grid can be seen here: http://learnthebluedrop.com/format-grid

You can specify the number of columns, by altering the settings.  You can pepper your grid with additional classes, decide if you want vertical or horizontal alignment, and add grouping through the grid's settings

HTML list uses the UL and LI html tags to display your content.

This is the bulleted html list.   An example of this can be seen here: http://learnthebluedrop.com/format-htmllist

The settings for html list, allows you to use a ordered list.  With an ordered list the bullets are replaced with numbers.  You can use css to customize your bulleted list.  Through css, you can make those bullets fancy bullets.

Jump Menu is a different format.  Nothing is display initially.  The user is given a drop down / select box to find the content they need

The jump menu display no content until content is selected.  An example of this can be seen here:  http://learnthebluedrop.com/format-jumplist

Table list displays your view in a table format with all the table td and tr tags.  This format has extensive setting including the ability to sort your table.

Table are old school cool.   An example of this can be seen here:  http://learnthebluedrop.com/format-tablelist.

 

Unformatted list - a bland uneventful list of your content.  Nothing special.  It is a top to bottom list.  

This is an unformatted list of titles of this sites content.  An example of this can be seen here: http://learnthebluedrop.com/format-unformatted-list