iTunes 11 – How To Get Back to the Classic Look

Apple recently rolled out iTunes 11 with some pretty nice new features. This is the first in a series of ‘how to’ articles featuring some of the best features of iTunes 11. But before we get started with new features, I’ll show how to get back to the ‘classic’ look of iTunes.



The default layout is quite different than the ‘classic’ iTunes look. When I first saw it, I thought “Where’s my sidebar?  Where’s my status bar?” If you are hankering for the ‘old school’ look like I was, fear not.  It’s pretty easy to do.









STEP 1: Click on ‘Songs’ to change the view from albums to songs.

















STEP 2: Click on the ‘View’ menu and then select ‘Show Sidebar.’













STEP 3: Click on the ‘View’ menu again and select ‘Show Status Bar’.















Success! You are back to the iTunes classic view!













Next up, I’ll show you how to use what is arguably the best (or at least the coolest) feature in iTunes 11 — Up Next. It lets you build playlists on the fly.

About the Author

Judy Novotny

Judy is a computer veteran with 30 years of experience. She has owned everything from a TRS-80, Apple IIe and various Windows-based PCs. She is currently living in her Apple ecosystem at home consisting of an iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod nano and two Time Capsules. She is a fan of all things mobile since she got her first Palm Pilot in 1999. Check out her iPad app, Number Wizard, in the App Store. Follow her on Twitter @junovotech or at

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