Task bar

juhani

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Original poster
I think in Windows environment there was a thing called 'task bar' at the bottom of every window (folder) which showed how many items there were and how big the folder/item was. OS X shows only how many items there's in the folder and how much free space have you got on your hard drive. Is it possible to change that? 'Cause I'd like to see the size of the folder or file instantly when i go there or click on it…
 

Applespider

macrumors G4
Not entirely what you're looking for but I hope this helps.

If you have a list of folders in the Finder that you want to find out the sizes of, then you might find this useful.

Select the first folder or file and hold down Command - Option - I (this is a variation of the standard Get Info command). It will bring up a Get Info box for the first item but you can then use the arrows keys to go up or down your list of items in the finder and find out how big each is.
 
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Mitthrawnuruodo

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If you View (your Finder windows) as Columns (cmd-3), you get some info in the next column, like Name, Kind, Size, Creation and Modification dates and Version (for apps).
 
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besler3035

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Oct 29, 2004
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Go under the View menu of your applications or Finder and hit Show Status Bar, or something like that. This works with everything from Safari to MS Word to the finder.
 
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juhani

macrumors member
Original poster
Yeah I know all that stuff already. I was just wondering if there was a way to tell Finder to show the sizes of the folders and files instantly. Not doing any special action for that, like Cmd-i or sth else. 'Cause in Windows world I found it very useful to double-click on a folder or single-click on a file and see the size of the folder or file at the bottom of the window right away.

besler3035 said:
Go under the View menu of your applications or Finder and hit Show Status Bar, or something like that. This works with everything from Safari to MS Word to the finder.
I'm not sitting behind a Mac right now but I'm pretty sure that the status bar doesn't show the size of the catalogue or file. I believe in Finder it just shows how much free space you have.

But thanks for your tips anyway!
 
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wrldwzrd89

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Jun 6, 2003
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juhani said:
Yeah I know all that stuff already. I was just wondering if there was a way to tell Finder to show the sizes of the folders and files instantly. Not doing any special action for that, like Cmd-i or sth else. 'Cause in Windows world I found it very useful to double-click on a folder or single-click on a file and see the size of the folder or file at the bottom of the window right away.



I'm not sitting behind a Mac right now but I'm pretty sure that the status bar doesn't show the size of the catalogue or file. I believe in Finder it just shows how much free space you have.

But thanks for your tips anyway!
There's an option in the View Options dialog box called "Show item info" or something like that. I haven't played around with it much, but when it's turned on (at least on the Desktop) you'll see extended information for each item below the item's name. For a disk, it shows the capacity and free space. For a folder, it shows the number of items inside. For a file, it shows its size.
 
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juhani

macrumors member
Original poster
wrldwzrd89 said:
There's an option in the View Options dialog box called "Show item info" or something like that.
Yeah, it's been on since I first discovered it but it still doesn't show the size of the folder when you are in it.


@ Applespider
About the 'Command - Option - I'. I thought I knew it but after trying it out I realised I didn't and I have to say I'm starting to love this OS (not to mention that I already really, really like it)! When you make this info box appear, you can click on several different files, and the info box just stays there at the top and changes itself according to what you click. And when you click on a program window it disappears and then reappears again when you click on a desktop or Finder window or file. Really great stuff! Must be especially useful with big screens. I wouldn't turn it off at all...

Also Mitthrawnuruodo's 'press F9 or F10, and then use cmd-tab' reference in 'I discovered a intresting tool' thread was really amazing stuff.

More like these please!!!
 
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