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Customize the Finder Toolbar

Add More Functions to the Finder Toolbar

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Customize Finder toolbar

The Finder toolbar, a collection of buttons located at the top of a Finder window, is easy to customize. In addition to the Back, View, and Action buttons that are already present in the toolbar, you can add functions such as Eject, Burn, and Delete.

Add Items to the Finder Toolbar

  1. Open a Finder window by clicking the 'Finder' icon in the Dock.

  2. Select 'Customize Toolbar' from the View menu. A dialog sheet will slide into view.

  3. Some of my favorite functions to add to the toolbar include:
    • Path - Shows the current path to the folder you're viewing in the active Finder window.

    • New Folder - Lets you add a new folder to the folder you're currently viewing.

    • Get Info - Displays detailed information about a selected file or folder.

    • Eject - Ejects removable media, such as CDs and DVDs, from the optical drive.

    • Delete - Sends files or folders off to oblivion, or the Trash as some people call it.
  4. Click and drag icons for the desired functions from the dialog sheet to the Finder toolbar.

  5. Click the 'Done' button when you have finished adding items to the toolbar.

Space, Flexible Space, and Separators

You may have noticed three unusual items in the dialog sheet for customizing the Finder toolbar: Space, Flexible Space, and Separator. These three items can add a bit of polish to the Finder toolbar by helping you organize it.

  • Space - Adds a fixed-size space, approximately the size of a single toolbar icon, to the toolbar. You can use Space to give Finder toolbar items a little breathing room.

  • Flexible Space - Produces a space that is variable in size. As the size of the Finder window changes, the Flexible Space size changes, but it never becomes smaller than the standard (default) Space item.

  • Separator - Adds a visual vertical line to help separate toolbar icons. A good use of Separator is to help define a group of related toolbar icons.

Remove Toolbar Icons

After you add items to the Finder toolbar, you may decide it's getting too cluttered. It's as easy to remove items as it is to add them.

  1. Open a Finder window by clicking the 'Finder' icon in the Dock.

  2. Select 'Customize Toolbar' from the View menu. A dialog sheet will slide down.

  3. Click and drag the offending icon away from the toolbar. It will disappear in the ever-popular puff of smoke.
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