In a previous post, I showed you how to skip the Mac’s “Finder Window” altogether and use the built-in Spotlight tool to quickly find and open files, folders, apps, as well as complete a number of tasks.
If you’re one of those stubborn, can’t teach an old dog new tricks type folks people who have grown too accustomed to using your Mac’s Finder window to suddenly change your ways, here’s how you can customize the Finder toolbar to quickly access commonly used functions…and discover new ones.
- Access the Finder Window one of two ways:
- Accessing the Finder Window “App” in your Mac’s toolbar
- pressing the “command” + “F” keys (make sure your desktop is the current window)
- Right-click (or two-finger click if you’re using a track pad) In any blank space in the current Finder toolbar to reveal the finder options dropdown and select “Customize Toolbar”
- Drag desired “buttons” to empty spaces in toolbar menu
Extra Tip: You can use this method to customize any window toolbar (apps, folders, etc).
I’ll be honest, customizing the Finder toolbar isn’t some “power user” tip, but in my travels as a Mac IT professional, I’ve come across many users who use their Mac as-is without any sort of tweaking or customization. So a little insight on something as simple as adding more buttons to the Finder toolbar may just uncover functions that could increase your productivity and overall Mac knowledge.
…And as expensive as these Mac’s are, I would think you’d want to squeeze as much functionality out of these jawns as possible.