How to Set Finder Labels and Sidebar Preferences
Mac Tip #402, 16 September 2009
The Finder Preferences let you rename Labels from Red, Green and so on to names you choose. The Sidebar in a Finder window gives you quick access to folders and files. Choose which items are displayed.
The Snow Leopard Finder has several Tabs in the Preferences. Here’s a look at How to Set Finder Labels and Sidebar settings.
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To apply a label:
- Select a file or folder in the Finder.
- Click on the Gear menu in the window’s Toolbar and select a label color. The color will be applied as a background to the file in the Finder window.
To rename Finder labels switch to the Finder on your Mac and then choose
Preferences… from the
Once the Preferences window opens make sure you’re viewing the
Enter a new name for any of the labels. The new name will be displayed in the Labels column of the Finder window.
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Edit the standard Sidebar
Finder windows show a Sidebar, unless you hide it, see Show the Finder Toolbar, Sidebar and Status Bar (February 2009).
Certain items are displayed by default in the Sidebar. You control which items are displayed in the
Sidebar tab of the Finder Preferences.
To set which items are displayed by default:
- Switch to the Finder on your Mac and then choose
- Once the Preferences window opens make sure you’re viewing the
- Check the box beside any items that should be displayed in the Finder Sidebar. Uncheck the box beside items you don’t wish to see.