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Chapter 3. Customizing the Finder > Understanding Finder Preferences

Understanding Finder Preferences

Finder Preferences allow you to control how you interact with your desktop, windows, and icons. Finder Preferences are grouped into four main areas: General, Labels, Sidebar, and Advanced. You can open Finder Preferences by selecting Preferences from the Finder menu.

The General preferences pane allows you to display icons for local and network disks on the desktop, select options for opening new Finder windows, and enable spring-loaded folders and windows. The Labels preferences pane allows you to change the name of color labels for Finder items to more meaningful ones, such as work or project, which you can use as search criteria in the Find window. If you accidentally remove a Sidebar icon, you can use the Sidebar preferences pane to redisplay Finder specific icons, such as computer, hard disks, iDisk, network, desktop, and applications. The Advanced preferences pane provides a few options related to file extensions, an empty the Trash warning, and languages of files for search indexing (cataloging to speed up the searching process).


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