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Chapter 4. Advanced Finder Techniques > Customizing the Toolbar

Customizing the Toolbar

The toolbar, which is discussed in Chapter 2, can be customized to include buttons and icons for a variety of commands and items.

Tip

  • When you customize the toolbar, your changes affect the toolbar in all windows in which the toolbar is displayed.


To customize the toolbar

1.
With any Finder window open and the toolbar displayed, choose View > Customize Toolbar (Figure 8). The Customize Toolbar window opens (Figure 9).

Figure 8. The View menu.


Figure 9. The Customize Toolbar window.


2.
To add an item to the toolbar, drag it from the center part of the window to the position you want it to occupy in the toolbar (Figure 10). When you release the mouse button, the item appears on the toolbar (Figure 11).

Figure 10. To add an item, drag it from the center part of the window to the toolbar.


Figure 11. When you release the mouse button, the item is added.


3.
To remove an item from the toolbar, drag it from the toolbar into the center part of the window (Figure 12). When you release the mouse button, the item disappears (Figure 13).

Figure 12. To remove an item, drag it from the toolbar into the center part of the window.


Figure 13. When you release the mouse button, the item is removed.


4.
To rearrange the order of items on the toolbar, drag them into the desired position (Figure 14). When you release the mouse button, the items are rearranged (Figure 15).

Figure 14. To rearrange toolbar items, drag them around the toolbar.


Figure 15. When you release the mouse button, the items are rearranged.


5.
To specify how items should appear on the toolbar, choose an option from the Show pop-up menu at the bottom of the window (Figure 16):

Figure 16. Show pop-up menu options.


  • Icon & Text displays both the icon and the icon’s name (Figure 15).

  • Icon Only displays only the icon (Figure 18).

  • Text Only displays only the name of the icon (Figure 17).

    Figure 17 & 18. You can also display the toolbar as icons only (above) or as text only (below).

6.
When you are finished making changes, click Done to return to the window that was open before you displayed toolbar customization options.

Tip

  • You can add any icon to the toolbar. For example, say you’re working on a project (like a book about Mac OS), and you access its folder full of files daily. You can drag the folder’s icon from the window in which it resides to the toolbar of the window. The folder appears where you placed it. You can then open the folder by simply clicking it in the toolbar of any window. To remove the icon (perhaps when the project is complete), drag it out of the toolbar. It is not necessary to display toolbar customization options to do any of this.


To restore the toolbar to its default settings

1.
With any Finder window displaying the toolbar open, choose View > Customize Toolbar (Figure 8). The Customize Toolbar window appears (Figure 9).

2.
Drag the group of items in a box near the bottom of the window to the toolbar (Figure 19). When you release the mouse button, the toolbar’s default items appear (Figure 9).

Figure 19. Drag the default set of icons to the toolbar.


3.
Click Done to return to the window that was open before you displayed toolbar customization options.

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