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Part Five: Appendix > Folder Options

A.40. Folder Options

The Folder Options control panel in Windows is a crazy collection of unrelated settings that boil down to this:

  • General tab. Exactly as in Windows, it's up to you whether or not double-clicking a folder opens up a second window—or just changes what's in the first one. On the Mac, you make these changes using the Finder → Preferences command. There you'll find the option called "Always open folders in a new window."

  • View tab. Most of the options here don't exist on the Mac. For example, you can't opt to make all the invisible system files visible (at least not without add-on shareware). You can, however, choose whether or not you want to see the file name extensions in your desktop windows (like .doc and .html). Choose Finder → Preferences, and turn "Show all file extensions" on or off.

  • File Types tab. Just as in Windows, you can reassign certain document types so that double-clicking opens them up in the program of your choice. But on the Mac, you can reassign either a whole class of files at once, as on Windows, or one file at a time. To do it, use the Get Info window as described on Section 4.4.2.

  • Offline Files. There's no equivalent feature on the Mac.


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