For me, it’s a love hate relationship. I hate it that we have to use the Finder, quirks and all. But I love it because there’s not a better way to manage files. The Finder is quirky, though, and new windows seem to have a life (size and placement) of their own. Here’s a way to massage your neatness gene and have a better Finder.
So, you want a little more from the Mac’s Finder, but you’re not ready to spend the money necessary for Path Finder, the super hero of Finder replacement apps.
That’s fully understandable. Sometimes all you want and need is a little extra love from a free utility that brings a little neatness to the Finder’s messiness.
That’s what you’ll get with FinderMinder, a free Mac utility which lets you specify where newly opened Finder windows will take root on your Mac’s screen.
There’s not much too it, which helps to explain the price tag (or, lack thereof), so FinderMinder is a breeze to setup and use.
Simply click the option to start FinderMinder when your Mac starts up, set the window resize dimensions and positioning, and you’re good to go.
Simple enough, right?
From henceforth, each Finder window which opens will open to the specified dimensions and to the exact coordinates you set for screen placements.
Each Finder window? Well, maybe it’s most windows. FinderMinder bills itself as beta tested and gamma blasted (whatever that means. If it’s beta tested you’d expect it to be ready for prime time at version 1.1 and it is. Mostly.
You have to have FinderMinder actually running to enable the Finder window placement (and it doesn’t run in the background).
FinderMinder also opens disk image files into your set coordinates and size, but not necessarily where the DMG maker wanted the window to open. But that’s a minor nit. For now, Finder Minder makes the windows go where you want and sized the way you want, but on a global basis, not app by app.