Because, well, that’s where the Mac’s files and apps. The Finder needs to come into the 21st century but Apple must be too busy shipping iPads to notice. So, try this free Finder tool instead.
Free Tabs, Free Window, Free Stuff
The Mac’s Finder app does so much it would be easy to overlook some shortcomings. After all, it’s hard to complain about a built-in app that does not have a price tag.
Speaking of no price tag, XtraFinder adds a long list of chic and esoteric functionality that all the old folks at Starbucks talk about while sipping overpriced, colored water.
High on my list of must have items is tabs. Safari has tabs. Chrome has tabs. Now, XtraFinder adds tabs to the Finder.
Nearly as useful but priced the same (it’s free) are the Dual Panel and Dual Window options which make it easier to copy or move files.
XtraFinder brings back colored icons to the Finder’s Sidebar (gray is so 1999). And it displays hidden files with a click. Take a look at this screen shot to see a few of XtraFinder’s basics.
Click on the image for a larger, pop up view of XtraFinder. Click on the Finder menu and scroll to XtraFinder on the bottom for more Preferences.
Multiple tabs means multiple Finder windows open at the same time. Extra tools are embedded in the Finder’s Toolbar.
You can reverse the Finders’ standard black text on white background.
Preferences give you options to add keyboard shortcuts to new commands (such as Show Hidden Items).
And, most of the features are easily added to the Finder’s menu for one-click access.
Another feature you’ll love right away is XtraFinder’s ability to sort different. Folders can be arranged and sorted on the top, with files below; which segregates files and folders.
There’s plenty more going on besides the above list, but tabs and dual window panes are worth the price of admission. No. Wait. There’s no admission. XtraFinder is free.
I don’t know what the developer’s business model is, but as long as he doesn’t need money, you gain an improved and highly efficient Finder.