Customize your Mac’s “Finder” to show you what you really need
Finder is your pathaccess to all files on your Mac. Of course you could (and should) use Spotlight to quickly find and open files. But when it comes to managing and work with files, folders and documents, the Finder application is essential, especially since none of them know how to create a folder hierarchy more.
The Finder does a very good job of helping you organize files. But there are some things about it that could be improved. What if every new Finder window didn’t open to display the Recent folder? What if you could easily see the detailed path for a given case? Well, you can: Here’s how to customize what you see in the Finder app.
How to customize the sidebar in Finder
The sidebar is where you’ll likely start interacting with Finder, so you should take the time to add the things you want to see there and remove what encumbers it.
Go to Searcher > Preferences > Lateral bar. From there, select the items you want to show or hide. For example, you can remove the Tags section, limit the Locations items, and prune the Favorites section..
Once done, navigate to some of your frequently used folders and drag them to the Favorites section so you can still easily access them.
How to change the Finder startup folder
The Finder launches with the Recents folder ready to use. This may not be of use to you-if you store all your files in the Downloads or Documents folder, it may be better to use one of these as a starting point.
Go to Searcher > Preferences > General > New Windows Finder Show. Here, choose any folder to use as the default when you open a new Finder window.
How to show the path bar in Finder
The path bar is a feature that every Finder user should turn on. This gives you an idea of ââwhere exactly you are in a file directory. Go to Seen > Show path bar to activate it.
You will now see the path to each folder at the bottom of the Finder window. You can click any folder in the path to navigate to it. You can also quickly copy the full path. through -by clicking on a folder from the path, and choosing the “Copy as path nameâOption.
If you don’t always want to see the file path, you can choose to show he selectively; right-click on the file or folder name at the top of the Finder window to see a list of all folders or files your current file / folder comes from.
How to display the status bar in the Finder
By default, tThe Finder’s status bar does just two things: It shows you how many items there are in a folder (and how many are selected) and how much space is left on your Mac. This is generally good information to have, however, so Itworth spending some space to activate it at the bottom of the Finder window. Do this, go to Seen > Show status bar.
How to customize the Finder toolbar
You can customize the Finder toolbar just like you can in Safari. Right click in the empty space of the Finder toolbar and choose the “Customize the toolbarâOption.
Here you can rearrange the items, or drag or delete items from the top. (Added buttons for “Wipe off” and “New folder“will be really helpful.)
How to increase the font size in Finder
If you’re using a 13-inch MacBook Air, you might find it is difficult to display a long list of file names. Try increasing the font size for the Finder app. To do this, go to Seen > Show display options, and “Text size“, increase the text size to a reasonable number (16 is probably a good choice).
ohpen new folders in windows instead of tabs
The Finder now has tabs, just like Safari. And by default it will open now folders in tabs instead of in new windows when you double-click while holding down the Command key.
To revert to the old behavior and open new folders as separate Finder windows, go to Searcher > Preferences and uncheck the box “Open folders in tabs instead of new windowsâOption.