Get the most out of Finder views

One program you use all the time is the Finder. It’s your Mac’s filing system, organizational structure, and overseer. We all know how to open, move, and copy files, but most of us go about our business without ever considering the most efficient way to get these tasks done.

As a prime example, you can use the Finder’s View menu options to view files and folders in four different ways, but most people don’t know why they’d bother. They stick to one view for all their windows when, in fact, there are valid reasons to use each. Here’s how to use the right view at the right time, and save time and trouble in the process.

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6 thoughts on “Get the most out of Finder views

  1. In the past the icon view included a little slider at the bottom right of the window, which allowed you to increase and decrease the size of icons on the fly. I used it a LOT when I would be examining/working with a small set of images in a folder and wanted to see them all at a decent size (and without using Quicklook). Now it appears you have to go into View and amend things there. And again when you want to change the icon size back. Tedious. Is there anyway to get that slider back (or function to the equivalent)?

    • If you look at the first screenshot in my article, you’ll see the slider at the bottom of the window. It’s part of the status bar. To display it, choose View > Show Status Bar.

  2. In the past the icon view included a little slider at the bottom right of the window, which allowed you to increase and decrease the size of icons on the fly. I used it a LOT when I would be examining/working with a small set of images in a folder and wanted to see them all at a decent size (and without using Quicklook). Now it appears you have to go into View and amend things there. And again when you want to change the icon size back. Tedious. Is there anyway to get that slider back (or function to the equivalent)?

    • If you look at the first screenshot in my article, you’ll see the slider at the bottom of the window. It’s part of the status bar. To display it, choose View > Show Status Bar.

  3. Brilliant! I’m guessing the Status Bar used to display at the bottoms of Finder windows by default but in more recent versions of the OS that was changed? My problem was that I had no idea my beloved slider lived on the “Status Bar”. Problem solved – much indebted to you!

  4. Brilliant! I’m guessing the Status Bar used to display at the bottoms of Finder windows by default but in more recent versions of the OS that was changed? My problem was that I had no idea my beloved slider lived on the “Status Bar”. Problem solved – much indebted to you!

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