Can I place my Finder icon on the right side of my dock near the Trash bin?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bobright, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I am always hovering over near my trash can and the right of my screen. Can I place my finder icon over to the right of my dock?

    I tried clicking and dragging it there and it didn't work.
  2. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I think you can do it with a 3rd. party app. or some kind of hack.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The left side of the Dock is for apps. The right side is for files/folders.
  4. JimWPVB macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Keyboard Shortcut

    Why not use a keyboard shortcut? That's what I do. Although there are probably many programs, the one I use is called - I think - Shortcuts by Nulana on the App Store. It works well.
  5. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Ahh ok don't want to do that tweak things with 3rd party apps

    I never use keyboard shortcuts really bu guess I can try that, coming over from windows it's still an adjustment for me with the small wireless keyboard. The only thing I have down pat is CMD and delete. :D
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You can't, but here is how to basically accomplish what you want. Open the Finder and go to the folder you want Finder to open in when you click. Say /Users/yourname. Now right click on the folder name and select "make alias". Now drag that alias you just made into the dock next to your trash. Now when you click that icon it will open Finder in whatever folder you selected in the first step. You can see the little arrow next to the folder showing that it is an alias.

    The usual Funder smiley face icon will still be on the left of your Dock... but this will get you the same function next to the trash like you wanted.


    I have my dock on the left, but you get the idea.
  7. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    The best keyboard shortcut is CMD+Space Bar. This activates the Spotlight (Search Tool), where you can start typing in what you are looking for. If you set up Spotlight to show Folders first - followed by Documents, or vice versa then it is dead simply to type CMD+Space Bar and then keep typing the name of the folder or file without even looking. It's a really fast app launcher, or Finder opener.
  8. Razorhog macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2006
    I agree. cmd+space is a great shortcut. I use it to start programs so much that I don't even use the dock anymore.

    Another good keyboard shortcut is cmd+q to quit a program.
  9. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I will check this out thanks guys!!

    I guess theres also a good alternative to Spotlight or so I heard in Alfred as well?
  10. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    I've never felt the need for something more than Spotlight... but that is just me. Make sure you rearrange the order of the categories Spotlight presents though. Just doing that makes it much much more convenient.
  11. justperry, Jan 9, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013

    justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Look what I have:p

    The way to do this is go to /System/Library/CoreServices/, Drag the Finder to a place you want, hold Command-Option and release the mouse, you get a Shortcut of the Finder, next drag the Shortcut next to the Trash, that's it.
    Later I will find a 'Hack to remove the original Finder from the Dock, you don't want two do you.

    To remove the dock from it's original position in the dock you have to edit the DockMenus.plist in /System/Library/CoreServices/ like in the screenshot below.
    You have to add the one highlighted in blue.
    After you edited the .plist file you can click on Finder and there's a Menu to remove it from the Dock.
    You need root access to do this though.

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