View the Contents of a Site, Application, or Directory (IIS 7)

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

In IISĀ 7, you can use Content View to view the contents of sites, applications, virtual directories, and physical directories. For example, you can view a list of all the applications, physical directories, virtual directories, and files in a site.

Additionally, you can use Content View to locate a file, such as an HTML file, to configure settings for the file from the Features View. For example, you might have a Web page that occasionally does not load correctly. You can locate the specific file in Content View, and then change to Features View to configure logging and tracing settings for that particular page.


Content View is the only way to locate and configure settings for files in IIS Manager. Sites, applications, and physical and virtual directories are all available in the tree in the Connections pane.

To view the contents of a site, an application, or a directory

  1. Open IIS Manager and navigate to the level you want to manage. For information about opening IIS Manager, see Open IIS Manager (IIS 7). For information about navigating to locations in the UI, see Navigation in IIS Manager (IIS 7).

  2. Click Content View at the bottom of the workspace area.

  3. Select an item the list to view additional information, or right-click an item and click Switch to Features View to change to Features View and configure IIS settings for the item.