Use Get Info to discover the properties of a file or folder
Mac Tip #477, 09 March 2011
If you need information about a file or folder then Get Info has what you need. It’s like Properties in Windows. Here’s how to call up and use the Get Info window.
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Overview and quick instructions for Get Info
- Select a file in the Finder and Right click or press
Command (⌘) I.
Get Infofrom the contextual menu.
- Click a disclosure triangle once to show more information.
- Click the red
Closebutton to close the Get Info window when finished.
See below for more detailed steps and some extra tips.
- In the Finder select the file or folder that you want information for.
Get Infofrom the
Filemenu, or Right click (
Control (⌃)click) and choose
Get Infofrom the contextual menu or press
Command (⌘) I. The Get Info window appears.
Expand and collapse sections with the Disclosure Triangle
There are often half a dozen different sections in the
Get Info window. Each has a small triangle, called the
Disclosure Triangle, to the left of the section name.
Disclosure Triangle once to either open or close its section.
View or edit information
Some of the information in the
Get Info window can only be viewed, such as the
Size of a file.
Other information can be edited. For example:
- Click on a label colour to highlight the selected file with that colour label.
- Check the
Lockedcheckbox to ‘lock’ a file or folder.
- Edit the filename in the
Name & Extensionsection.
Change the default application for opening a file
If you double click a file in the Finder it opens with a default application.
For example, a
.txt file might open with Apple’s
You may prefer a specific file to open with a different application, such as
BBedit. Or you may prefer all files of that particular type to open with
To change the application that opens a single file or all files of a type:
- Open the
Open withsection of the
- Select an application from the pop-up menu in the
Open withsection. The default application for the selected file will change to the application you have selected. No further action is required.
- To change all files of that type to open with the selected application click the
Change All…button. An alert appears asking you to confirm your choice. Click the
Continuebutton in the alert window to change the default application for all files of that type or click
Cancelto avoid making that change.
Use Option Get Info for a summary of multiple items
To see a summary for two or more selected items hold down the
Option (⌥) key while you choose
Get Info. Under the file menu the
Get Info item changes to
The Inspector window provides limited information, such as the total size of all the files and how many files are selected.
Close the Get Info window
To close the
Get Info window click the red button at top left.
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