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The Info Window

You can learn more about an item by opening its Info window (Figures 49, 50, 51 through 52). Depending on the type of icon (disk, folder, application, document, alias, Trash, etc.), the General Information in the Info window will provide some or all of the following information:

Figure 49. The Info window for a hard disk.


Figure 50. The Info window for a folder.


Figure 51. The Info window for an application.


Figure 52. The Info window for a document.


  • Icon that appears in the Finder.

  • Name of the item.

  • Kind or type of item.

  • Format of item (disks only).

  • Capacity of item (disks only).

  • Available space (disks only).

  • Used space (disks only).

  • Size of item or contents (folders and files only).

  • Where item is on disk.

  • Contents (Trash only).

  • Created date and time.

  • Modified date and time.

  • Version number or copyright date (files only).

  • Original location on disk (aliases only).

  • Label assigned to item.

  • Comments entered by users (like you).

  • Locked check box to prevent the file from being deleted or overwritten (files only).

  • Stationery check box to convert the file into a stationery format file (documents only).

  • Warn before emptying check box to toggle the Trash warning dialog box (Trash only).

Tip

I tell you about stationery pads in Chapter 5.


Tip

I tell you about File Sharing and Memory information in the Info window in Chapters 10 and 5 respectively.


To open the Info window

1.
Select the item for which you want to open the Info window (Figure 53).

Figure 53. Select the item for which you want to open the Info window.


2.
Choose File > Get Info > General Information (Figure 54), or press

Figure 54. Choose General Information from the Get Info submenu under the File menu.


The Info window for that item appears (Figure 50).

To close the Info window

Click the Info window's close box.

or

1.
Activate the Info window.

2.
Choose File > Close Window (Figure 2), or press .

Tip

Closing the Info window saves all changes you made to its options.


To change an item's name

1.
In the Info window, drag the mouse pointer over the item's name to select it.

2.
Type in the new name. What you type replaces the selected text.

Tip

You can change the name of an item only if its name appears within an edit box (Figures 49 through 52). If there is no edit box around the item's name, you cannot rename it.


To change an item's label

In the Info window, choose a label from the Label pop-up menu (Figure 55). The label is applied to the item.

Figure 55. Choose a label from the Label pop-up menu.


Tip

I tell you more about labels in Chapter 3.


To enter comments in the Info window

1.
Open the Info window for the item for which you want to enter comments.

2.
Click in the Comments box to position the blinking insertion point there.

3.
Type your comments (Figure 56).

Figure 56. You can enter information about the item in the Comments box.


To lock an application or document

1.
Open the Info window for the item you want to lock (Figure 51 or 52).

2.
Turn on the Locked check box.

Tip

Locked items cannot be deleted or overwritten. They can, however, be moved.


To select a new original item for an alias

1.
In the Info window for the alias ( Figure 57) , click the Select New Original button.

Figure 57. You can click the Select New Original button in the Info window for an alias to assign a new original to the alias.


2.
Use the Fix Alias dialog box that appears ( Figure 58) to locate and select the item that you want to use as the original for the alias.

Figure 58. Use the Fix Alias dialog box to locate and choose a new original for an alias.


3.
Click Choose. The item you selected is assigned to the alias.

Tip

The Fix Alias dialog box takes advantage of the Navigation Services feature that first appeared in Mac OS 8.5. I explain how to use dialog boxes like this one in Chapter 5.


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