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Old Apr 23, 2013, 12:57 PM   #1
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Way to fix Finder?

Hello,

I'm a convert from Windows and the only thing I miss is Explorer - particularly the way that it makes the icons fit to the window, whereas with finder, you have to scroll around left and right to get to the files you want if they do not fit in the window size.

Is there any Finder alternatives that make it more like windows explorer? I also dislike how Mac leaves gaps in the files grid if they are moved - whereas in Windows if you delete/move a file, all of the files move up to fill the spaces. This is how I'd prefer finder to be.

Can anyone help please?

Thanks!
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Old Apr 23, 2013, 01:11 PM   #2
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A lof of people use PathFinder.
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Old Apr 23, 2013, 01:29 PM   #3
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Check THIS THREAD - plenty of responses and suggestions for Finder replacements. For myself, I'm on a trial DL of Total Finder which works for me and like the 'plugin' nature of the program - will be an $18 purchase if I decide to keep it - plenty of 'free' options, though - good luck!
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Old Apr 23, 2013, 03:58 PM   #4
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I'm a convert from Windows and the only thing I miss is Explorer - particularly the way that it makes the icons fit to the window, whereas with finder, you have to scroll around left and right to get to the files you want if they do not fit in the window size.

Is there any Finder alternatives that make it more like windows explorer? I also dislike how Mac leaves gaps in the files grid if they are moved - whereas in Windows if you delete/move a file, all of the files move up to fill the spaces. This is how I'd prefer finder to be.
Sounds like you're only using Icon View. Have you tried Column View or List View?
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Old Apr 23, 2013, 08:34 PM   #5
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Hello,

I'm a convert from Windows and the only thing I miss is Explorer - particularly the way that it makes the icons fit to the window, whereas with finder, you have to scroll around left and right to get to the files you want if they do not fit in the window size.

Try 'Right click' then 'Clean Up'
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Old Apr 24, 2013, 12:24 PM   #6
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Sounds like you're only using Icon View. Have you tried Column View or List View?
Icon View with Arrange By Name, Date, etc. (everything but None or Snap to Grid) should close the gaps. I'll have to test it later.
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Old Apr 27, 2013, 04:50 PM   #7
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Yes, Icon View with Arrange By Name set in Show View Options will close the gaps when a file is removed. I assume the same is true of Arrange By Date, etc., but, as I stated, not Snap to Grid or None.

If you set Arrange By from the contextual menu (right click) it won't work this way. That is a temporary rearrangement. I'm using Leopard, YMMV.
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Old Apr 27, 2013, 09:56 PM   #8
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Hello,

I'm a convert from Windows and the only thing I miss is Explorer - particularly the way that it makes the icons fit to the window, whereas with finder, you have to scroll around left and right to get to the files you want if they do not fit in the window size.

Is there any Finder alternatives that make it more like windows explorer? I also dislike how Mac leaves gaps in the files grid if they are moved - whereas in Windows if you delete/move a file, all of the files move up to fill the spaces. This is how I'd prefer finder to be.

Can anyone help please?

Thanks!
You know, I am still a little annoyed by the icons not changing places as the windows are resized, but I've come to like the fact that everything doesn't snap to a strict grid. It can look a little messy at times, but it actually provides a bit of a visual cue as to which files are where. If I'm arranging things, I can put things into piles, and it makes it easier to keep up with.
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You know, I am still a little annoyed by the icons not changing places as the windows are resized,
But they will if you do as I described above! Try it!
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