Love it or hate, the Mac’s Finder is where we go to interact with our files and apps. The Finder lets us explore the Mac’s file hierarchy. It gives us a cheap, quick-launch ability. It gives us information about files.
What can be done to improve the Finder? How about a few power features? Here’s how to give your Mac’s Finder an injection of power boost proportions.
Give Me Tabs And Stuff
The Finder is made for the masses, the lowest common denominator of Mac user, the average guy who just wants to get things done, and doesn’t worry about making the experience better.
For Mac users who need more efficiency, higher productivity, a faster, better way to do more, there’s TotalFinder.
It’s a Mac utility app that adds just the right blend of extras to the Finder to make it better, improved, more useful, but without any learning curve.
For years I’ve recommended that Mac users install Path Finder. It’s like Finder’s super hero alter ego. Whatever Finder should be, Path Finder is.
The only problem is that Path Finder has a long list of features, some complex, some difficult to fathom. That’s probably why TotalFinder was created.
5 Ways To Finder Heaven
TotalFinder gives the Finder just enough extras to make it better, not more complex.
#1 – Tabs: Think Safari, or Firefox, or Chrome tabs. Tabs make browsing easier in a browser. Guess what? Add tabs to Finder and it’s easy to display multiple folders in a single window. The only negative is they tabs are lifted from Google’s Chrome, so they’re ugly.
#2 – Show System Files: Your Mac has a bunch of hidden files you’re not supposed to see. They’re available in TotalFinder with a click.
#3 – Dual Mode: If you like tabs, you’ll like Dual Mode. It’s like having two Finder windows open at one time, locked, side-by-side. That makes dragging and dropping or copying files much easier. Each window still looks and works like a Finder window so there’s nothing new to learn.
#4 – Visor: This is cool once you get used to it. Visor is a TotalFinder window that displays at the bottom of your Mac’s screen. Always.
That means the Finder is aways available, always on, so to speak. The Visor can be pinned to display even when you switch from the Finder to another app.
#5 – Folders On Top: It’s a sorting thing. The Finder sorts folders and files as if they were the same creature. TotalFinder lets you park all the folders first, then the files.
None of these TotalFinder options requires more than a glance at the screen shots to figure out how to use. You get just the right blend of functions to make the Finder better (except for those ugly tabs, ala Google Chrome), without spending much, or getting lost in the complexities of Path Finder.