Add, Rearrange, or Remove Icons
Personalizing the icons available from the Finder menu allows you to add your most-used tools right to the Finder. The default icons that run across the top of the Finder window include Back and Forward, Action, and View. You can add a number of other icons if you desire, and you can choose to add them as text, as an icon only, or as both. [See Image 2]
Want to personalize the Finder like this? Here’s how:
1. Open the Finder.
2. Choose View>Customize Toolbar.
3. Drag any icon from the dialog box to the top of the Finder window. Get Info is an especially useful addition, as is iDisk if you have it.
4. Click Done.
Tip: If you’re concerned about the Finder and desktop real estate, configure the newly added tools as Text Only.
You can also drag other items to the Finder window; they don’t have to be available from just the Customize Toolbar options. Items you can add include files, folders, programs, or anything, really. Just as you would add items to the Dock for easy access, you can add them here for easy access too. If you prefer to hide the Dock and use the Finder, consider these additions to make the Finder more effective:
· Open the Finder’s Applications folder and drag iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, or any other program to the Finder interface.
· Open the Finder’s Network folder, open a workgroup folder, and drag the icon for a computer on the network to the Finder. You’ll have easy access next time you need to access the shared documents on that computer.
· Open the Finder’s Documents folder and drag the subfolder you use most often to the Finder interface.
· Highlight a Web page in Safari and drag it to the desktop. Open the Finder and drag this new Internet location file to the Finder window.
Tip: To remove any item you’ve added to the Finder, choose View>Customize Toolbar, and then drag the items away from the Finder.
Finally, with the icons or text (or both) added to the Finder window, open View>Customize Toolbar, and then drag the items to situate them as you please. Click Done when finished. Check out this Finder window. [See Image 3] I love this because I’m more comfortable with the Finder than the Dock, which I can now auto-hide, and then I’ll simply use the Command+Tab key combination to move between open applications and the Finder windows!