How to Set Finder General Preferences
Mac Tip #401, 09 September 2009
The Finder has Preferences, just like any other application. The General Preferences let you show and hide discs and devices, and set which folder appears when you open a New Finder Window.
The Snow Leopard Finder has several Tabs in the Preferences. Here’s a look at the General settings.
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Disks and Servers on the Desktop
I like to keep my Mac’s desktop totally clean and tidy. I don’t even want to see an icon for my computer’s Hard Drive (HD) or icons for any DVDs, servers or iPods I may use.
Luckily the General tab of Finder Preferences allows me to make all of those things invisible.
To set the Finder Preferences switch to the Finder on your Mac and then choose
Preferences… from the
Once the Preferences window opens make sure you’re viewing the
Check or uncheck the items you want to be displayed on your Desktop:
- Hard disks
- External disks
- CDs, DVDs and iPods
- Connected servers
New Finder windows
Any time you open a new Finder window it lists the contents of one of your folders. Which folder do you use most? It may be good to have a new Finder window always list that one.
For example, if I always refer to my
demo folder then it’s a nuisance to have to wait while the
Documents folder opens and then navigate to
To set the folder that is displayed when you open a new Finder window choose a folder from the drop-down menu in the
General tab of
As for the
Spring-loaded folders item: I’ll explain that in a future Tip.
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