Only with a bit of Finder tweaking, Finder can be transformed into your most powerful tool in managing files and boosting productivity.
For this time, we will guide you in tweaking your Finder’s toolbar, especially in adding extra items, connecting to Terminal, and renaming tools.
Let’s proceed further…
Adding Extra Items to Finder Toolbar
Perhaps, Finder you see now is only showing most basic tools in file management. But with simple tweaks, you can take out extra tools from it; just follow this guide:
- Open Finder
- Hold Command-Option and click on Top-Right Pill Button
- Bunch of Extra Tools will appear right before you
Now you just need to drag and drop your favorite tool(s) onto your toolbar. I particularly like the tool named Path which enables me to jump to any upper level of my current directory.
Shown Above. Extra Tools Inside Finder Toolbox
Not only limited to those extra tools, you can even add application icons to your toolbar by dragging-and-dropping (and command-drag-drop to remove them).
Anyway, the longer your application name is, the wider it will eat up your toolbar space.
Shown Above. Application Icons Attached onto Finder Toolbar
If you don’t like to see big icons for your Finder toolbar, just command-click on top-right pill button to change the display mode.
Connecting Finder and Terminal
Introducing you a very useful Finder utility, Open Terminal Here, that enables you to open current Finder working directory on Terminal. This will save your time from switching between directories with Terminal command cd [dir].
Shown Above. Open Terminal Here with Leopard-Theme Icon
Renaming Finder Tools
This is the last tweak for this article (and maybe the coolest one), where we will teach you on renaming your tools by modifying a
Let’s say you want to change the name of Back into Move, then :
- Open Finder
- Go to Macintosh HD → System → Library → CoreServices
- Control-Click on Finder icon and choose Show Package Contents
- Move on to Contents → Resources → English.lproj
- Open and edit LocalizableCore.strings
Search for “TL8″ = “View” and rename it to “TL8″ = “Move”.
If you can’t directly update it, you should move it somewhere else, edit and replace original file with updated version
Shown Above. LocalizableCore.strings Opened with Xcode
For this new change to take effect, you should relaunch your Finder.
More Finder tweaks will be revealed on the next part. I believe you also want to share us some cool tweaks you know, don’t you?