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OS X Mountain Lion Portable Genius by Dwight Spivey

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Customizing the Finder

The Finder is the application you use most often on your Mac, so you may as well customize it to suit your needs and preferences. OS X gives you a lot of latitude when it comes to customizing the Finder, and I show you a few of my favorite tweaks to this quintessential Mac OS standby in this section. While Chapter 1 covers the ins and outs of using the Finder, in this chapter you can discover how to give it that personal touch.

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The Finder is a great tool for navigating your Mac, and I like to take full advantage of the available customization to make the Finder work for me.

Figure 2.7 is an example of the Finder modified to my specs. One of the differences between my customized Finder window and the default configuration is that the toolbar and sidebar have been changed significantly. This gives me quick access to the tools and folders that I use the most. I’ve also changed my view from Icons to Columns and there are two new additions to the bottom of the window: the path and status bars.

In the rest of this section, I show you how I customized Finder. Of course, you don’t have to make the same changes to yours. In fact, I encourage you to experiment with all the options the Finder affords, including those I don’t touch on, so that you can find the combination that works best for you.

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The path bar is an easy way to see where you’ve been and ...

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