If you spend any amount of time surfing the Internet with a Web browser, you no doubt have taken advantage of a tabbed interface, which allows you to switch between multiple browser views in a single window. Most acknowledge that this innovation was introduced in NetCaptor around 1997 and of course was part of Apple’s Safari browser when it was released in 2003. However, this tabbed behavior hasn’t yet made it to Apple’s Finder. While Finder does a fine job of allowing basic navigation of the Mac’s file system, it doesn’t offer a tabbed interface. Enter TotalFinder!
TotalFinder is a plugin which modifies the behavior of the Finder in-memory, adding many useful features, the first being tabs. As you may expect, just as with most modern browsers, just press Command-T, and a new tab appears in the Finder. If you’d like to reorder the tabs, just grab one and move it to where you’d like. Want to convert a tab to its own Finder window? Just drag the tab to the Desktop. Want to combine Finder windows? Just drag one into another and a tab will be created.
Finder with Tabs!
Once you have multiple tabs, you can perform operations that would previously require you to have multiple Finder windows open. Want to move a file from one folder to another? Just drag it from one tab to the other. Simple. Want to close a tab? As you’d expect, Command-W will do this. If you want to always have a Finder window available, there’s a Visor mode that will, upon pressing a user-defined Hotkey, place a Finder window along the bottom of your screen.
There’s also an Asepsis set of features, which will prevent the creation of .DS_Store files. These are normally invisible files which can store custom attributes of a folder, but tend to clutter up local and network volumes which are shared with other operating systems. Finally, there’s a group of Tweaks that you can implement, such as Show System Files, Folders on Top, Always Maximize, and Toggle Dual Mode. If you’d like, you can also Remove TotalFinder from Status Menu, and even Keep Original Finder Dock Icon.
So, make the most of your Finder experience, and check out TotalFinder today! Have another other Gadgets that make your Mac easier to use? Send an email to John, and he’ll give it a spin.