Streamline the Finder Toolbar on Any Mac

The Finder hasn’t changed considerably in 10 years. Apple is about to announce a new the next Mac OS, and I expect the Finder will experience a cool revamp. In these last moments we have to reflect on the Finder of old, I want to look at customizing the Toolbar.

Honestly, it took me a few years to comprehend the Finder. Around 2002, I was still clumsily making my way through the foundational Aqua interface of Mac OS X. The Finder was "the thing of some sort" that was always on. I didn’t really understand it though I had spent more than a decade using computers.

One day it clicked when I realized the Finder was an app on its own, and for OS X to work, it had to run all the time. It is an app that serves your files and helps you organize your files. Seems obvious now, in retrospect…

The Toolbar was one of the first tweaks I learned to make on my Mac. As Apple puts it together on a new Mac, it has dropdown menus I’m not inclined to use. It puts the search form on the far right, away from the file icons and their titles (where my eyes are most of the time in the Finder). It took me many revolutions around the sun to arrive at the setup you see in this screencast, and I haven’t seen the need to update it in more than 3 years. It just works.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.