Hidden SL Finder Prefs: "X-Ray" Folders, Change CoverFlow BG Color, and more

rorschach

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To set any of these, go to terminal and enter in the code for whichever preference you want to set. Remember, to reset the setting to its default value, just change the "1" at the end to a "0" (or vice versa).

Enable "X-Raying" Folders with QuickLook
This one is pretty cool. It lets you show the contents of folders when QuickLooking them.

Code:
defaults write com.apple.Finder QLEnableXRayFolders 1


Disable "X-Raying" Folders With Custom Icons

Code:
 defaults write com.apple.Finder DisableXRayForFoldersWithCustomIcons 1
Change CoverFlow Background Color
Color value is in RGB. The code below will set it to white, as an example.



Code:
defaults write com.apple.Finder IKImageFlowBackgroundColor 255,255,255
Enable QuickLook Animation Slow Motion
To use QuickLook you normally just hit Space. This just lets you press Shift-Space and have the animation go slo-mo. Useless but hey.

Code:
defaults write com.apple.Finder QLEnableSlowMotion 1
Hide QuickLook Window When Finder Isn't In Front
By default, if you have QL open and switch to another app, the QL window stays visible. This changes that so that if you switch to another app, the QL window disappears.

Code:
defaults write com.apple.Finder QLHidePanelOnDeactivate 1
Keep Playing Icon Previews Even When The Icon Isn't Selected
If you're playing a movie using the "in-line preview" in the icon, by default if you select something else it stops playing. This lets you keep playing that in-line preview even when the icon isn't selected.

Code:
defaults write com.apple.Finder AutoStopWhenSelectionChanges 0
Keep Playing Icon Previews When Scrolling
By default if you are playing an inline preview, if you scroll down it will stop playing. This allows it to continue playing.

Code:
defaults write com.apple.Finder AutoStopWhenScrollingOffBounds 1


Enable In-Line Previews For ANY Icon Size
By default, you can only do those "in-line previews" when the icons are set at a certain size. This lets you do them at any size. (Change the "0" to any number 0-512.)



Code:
defaults write com.apple.Finder QLInlinePreviewMinimumSupportedSize 0
Show Frame Rate in CoverFlow
Self-explanatory.

Code:
 defaults write com.apple.Finder IKImageFlowShowFrameRate 1
 

haiggy

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Thanks, this is cool! I only used the X-Ray feature... kinda neat. More useful than just displaying a larger folder icon.

How'd you find these? :)
 

pepersview

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Icon Image

In the Finder preference:

Enable "X-Raying" Folders with QuickLook
This one is pretty cool. It lets you show the contents of folders when QuickLooking them.

Code:
defaults write com.apple.Finder QLEnableXRayFolders 1
Could be possible to obtain this image to use later like the folder fixed image?
Thanks
 

kolax

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Hide QuickLook Window When Finder Isn't In Front
By default, if you have QL open and switch to another app, the QL window stays visible. This changes that so that if you switch to another app, the QL window disappears.

Code:
defaults write com.apple.Finder QLHidePanelOnDeactivate 1
The most useful of those - that really annoys me and I'm glad to have a fix!

Thanks for sharing these.
 

jpma

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May 31, 2009
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I can't get the
Keep Playing Icon Previews When Scrolling
to work.

but very sure I put in the same thing into the terminal and relaunch finder.
wonder what did i miss?
 

haiggy

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I can't get the
Keep Playing Icon Previews When Scrolling
to work.

but very sure I put in the same thing into the terminal and relaunch finder.
wonder what did i miss?
Go back into Terminal, retype the command. Hit enter.

Then type "killall Dock" and hit enter. Should work after that.
 

n-abounds

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Mar 6, 2006
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The X-ray one is cool. Useless, but cool. Not surprised Apple didn't enable it. But I do hate just staring at the folder icon.
 

jpma

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May 31, 2009
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Go back into Terminal, retype the command. Hit enter.

Then type "killall Dock" and hit enter. Should work after that.
Tried that,
didn't work too
and I found out the rest didn't work as well
like the custom icon disable also didn't work.

very sure it's the correct sentence because I use the drag and drop to my terminal.

At least I got the Enable "X-Raying" Folders with QuickLook working.
 

EclipX

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Nov 7, 2006
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When i want to change the color of coverflow, it's not working.. and i only see 1 icon in coverflow :(

Solution:

Change this:
defaults write com.apple.Finder IKImageFlowBackgroundColor 255,255,255


to this:
defaults write com.apple.Finder IKImageFlowBackgroundColor -bool true
 
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