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Chapter 2. Windows and Icons > Get Info (Properties)

2.12. Get Info (Properties)

By clicking an icon and then choosing File → Get Info, you open an important window like the one shown in Figure 2-20. It's a collapsible, multi-pane palette that provides a wealth of information about a highlighted icon—the Mac version of icon properties. Click a triangle to expand a corresponding information panel. For example:

  • For a disk icon, you get statistics about its capacity and how much of it is full.

  • For a document icon, you see when it was created and modified, and what program it "belongs" to.

  • For an alias, you learn the location of the actual icon it refers to.

  • If you open the Get Info window when nothing is selected, you get information about the desktop itself (or the open window), including the amount of disk space consumed by everything sitting in or on it.

  • If you highlight 11 icons or more simultaneously, the Get Info window shows you how many you highlighted, breaks it down by type ("23 documents, 3 folders," for example), and finds the sum of their file sizes. That's a great opportunity to change certain file characteristics on numerous files simultaneously, such as locking or unlocking them, hiding or showing their file name extensions (Section 4.5.2), and so on.


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