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Customizing Lion: customizing the Finder

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Customizing the Finder Toolbar

You can still customize the button icons and various services on the Finder's Toolbar in Lion, but in Lion you use a special Finder menu option, rather than Command-clicking on the Toolbar itself as in earlier versions of OS X.

To customize the Finder's Toolbar in Lion:

  1. Go to the Finder.
  2. Open a Finder window (choose New Finder Window from the Finder's File menu, or use Command-n).
  3. From the Finder's View menu, select Customize Toolbar...
  4. You can simply drag the default icons and services to your Finder window's Toolbar, or you can choose the specific options you want, and their order.
  5. At the bottom of the Customize Toolbar Window a pop-up menu allows you to choose between Icon Only, or Icon and Text or Text only for the entire Toolbar.

You may miss the traditional Mac Finder option of showing the number of items in an open Window, and the number of selected items, and the amount of free space on your drive.

To turn the Finder Status bar back on in Lion:

  1. Go to the Finder
  2. In the Finder's View menu, select Show Status Bar.

If you'd like to have the path of selected file displayed in the bottom of a window choose Show Path Bar from the Finder's View menu.

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