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This is very basic, but I'd completely missed it until now.

In the Finder's View -> Show View Options menu, changing the font size in List and Icon views does what you'd expect, and isn't very useful -- icon size is the main limit to how much can be shown in one window, and the icons remain fixed as the text size changes.

However, the font size control when in a Column View window actually changes the size of the icons as well. You can fit noticeably more in a single window at 11pt instead of the default 12pt, and it's a simple global change.

Also, when in Icon view, don't miss the "Show Item Info" option. Not much good on the desktop, but it can be very useful to see at a glance how many items are in each folder.

[robg adds: Amazingly simple, and yet I too had overlooked the fact that the icons themselves resize in column view mode, but not in the other two modes. I think I first tested the font size setting on an icon view window, and decided it wasn't very useful. I'm certain I never tried it on a column view window, or I would have gone to 11pt a long time ago!]
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Show more data in the Finder's column view mode
Authored by: iroot on Mar 13, '03 12:29:53PM

Thanks for the tip. Now to a problem I have been trying to solve for some time...how can I set the preview column to show modified time as well as the date?



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Re: Show Item Info on the Desktop
Authored by: MacFandango on Mar 13, '03 02:09:22PM

Actually, "Show Item Info" on the desktop can be pretty useful in a couple cases.

  1. If, like me, you monitor your disk usage very closely, it can come very much in handy, as it tells you both the maximum capacity of your hard disk (2 gigs smaller than I thought) and the amount free.
  2. If you want to be able to tell the size of a picture at a glance. Oddly, this doesn't appear sometimes - usually with pictures I've downloaded from the internet, but it always appears with pictures saved from Photoshop. And occasionally with pics exported from Preview.

It's not as useless as it seems, really.

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Re: Show Item Info on the Desktop
Authored by: funwithstuff on Mar 14, '03 05:25:23AM
It's not as useless as it seems, really.

Sorry, I could have been clearer in my post. What I meant is that the appearance of the "Show More Info" option isn't very clear on the desktop, because the extra info text is shown in the same point size and colour as the name of each disk/file/folder. The same information within a window is smaller and in blue, clearly differentiated.

It'd be nice if the desktop's extra info was smaller, and perhaps partly transparent -- for me, it's just too cluttered right now.

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How about the Open / Save dialogs?
Authored by: perrysmotors on Mar 13, '03 03:39:54PM

The open and save dialogs work in the same way as the finder column view. Is is possible to set view options for them? (Switch off file preview for example)



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How about the Open / Save dialogs?
Authored by: leary on Mar 13, '03 04:00:54PM

You read my mind!
this would make browsing open/save dialogs so much faster (no icons to render). And being able to turn OFF the preview pane would make my life a lot better - i hate that little delay when it doesn't register your double-click and stops to show you...an icon! (when all you want is to get that Flash or AE file opened).

Navigating dialogs is the one thing (seriously) I miss about OS9... I could really fly with those.



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Show more data in the Finder's column view mode
Authored by: aschuh on Feb 01, '04 10:24:44PM

Is there a way to show the comments in the column view (besides preview, name, kind, size, created, modified)?



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