The Finder has always been a very powerful tool in OS X, but in Lion there are now plenty of new features that you may or may not love. If you’ve just upgraded and want to make the most out of the new changes, or even if you want to reset your Finder windows to the way they worked in Snow Leopard, we have the perfect guide for you.
Whether you want to decide what sits in your Sidebar, make the most out of the new Search Tokens, or decide on the best way of sorting your files, we’ve covered everything you need to know about the new options available. If you’re confident you can even have a little tinker with the Terminal to restore a certain Library folder…
The Sorting Options are slightly different than in Snow Leopard. If you organise by Date, Finder will separate the days with horizontal lines of apps.
By default in Lion, a new Finder window will always open displaying the All My Files section. To make it the Snow Leopard way, set it to be your Home folder.
This section of the Preferences panel allows you to choose what is displayed in the Sidebar. Hover over a title in the Sidebar and a small Hide button appears.
When you’ve got what you want in the Sidebar you can reorganise it. Click and hold to ‘grab’ the section, then move it and the others slide out of the way.
If you’re sick of the warning message before you empty your Trash, or changing a file extension, the Advanced tab allows you to configure these options.
Search tokens add parameters to your search. You can choose what type of thing you’re searching from drop- down menus and add multiple tokens.
When you create a search token you can save it as a Smart Folder that automatically adds your specified files as you create them.
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