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10.4: Get Info / Inspector usage on multiple files Desktop
Tiger only hintIn Mac OS 10.3, if you wanted to view the total amount of disk space that a selection of files used, all you had to do was select those files and do a Get Info. The Get Info window that came up would give you the total for all files you'd selected. If you do the same in 10.4, it will give you separate Get Info windows for each and every file, and so you will not have a display of the total.

Instead, select all the files and then Control-click to bring up the contextual menu. Now holding down the Option (Alt) key changes 'Open With' to 'Always Open With' and 'Get Info' changes to 'Show Inspector.' Choose Show Inspector, and it will give you the Get Info window for the total of all the selected files.

[robg adds: The fast way to get the Inspector is to just hit Command-Option-I with the files selected. It does appear, though, that the behavior of Get Info/Inspector has indeed changed (again!) with 10.4. I verified that 10.3's Get Info is for the combined selected files, whereas 10.4 brings up separate boxes unless you use the Inspector. I think this is a good change, as it makes it easier (for instance) to compare a bunch of files quickly, when each is in its own box ... and since the Inspector still works for the aggregate, no functionality is lost.]
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10.4: Get Info / Inspector usage on multiple files
Authored by: bfad on May 04, '05 11:36:21AM

Just to let you know, if you hold down the control key while trying to select Get Info, it changes to Get Summary Info, (or if you select a group of documents/folders and then press control-command-i) you can then get 10.3 way of getting information on a group of items.



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10.4: Get Info / Inspector usage on multiple files
Authored by: rael9 on May 04, '05 11:55:28AM

I read somewhere (maybe Daring Fireball?) that if you do a Command-I on more than 10 filesm, it automatically goes back to the Inspector instead of separate Get Info windows. I am still waiting for my copy of Tiger, though, so I haven't tested this.

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10.4: Get Info / Inspector usage on multiple files
Authored by: maxman on May 04, '05 12:15:59PM

i can confirm this. as soon as you select more than 10 items, you always get the summary.



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10.4: Get Info / Inspector usage on multiple files
Authored by: jedik on May 04, '05 03:58:00PM

Yes, this does occur. It's the same window as the one opened using CONTROL+COMMAND+I (Summary Info). Nice. :)

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10.4: Get Info / Inspector usage on multiple files
Authored by: jef_pearlman on May 04, '05 12:19:02PM

It's also interesting to note that the inspector window stays open and follows your selection. So if you change what you have selected, it will give you the info for that item or those items automatically. It seems to follow the selection in the topmost finder window, and if nothing is selected, give the info for the folder the window is showing.

Kinda cool.

-Jef



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10.4: Get Info / Inspector usage on multiple files
Authored by: filmsmith on May 04, '05 01:05:14PM

I HATED that 'feature' about 10.1 (I guess it was). I was so happy to have it gone. Now, if I understand you correctly, I'd better have all my folders ready to go to get info on them, otherwise navigating to one could throw off an already opened Get Info box.

Without Tiger, I can't verify for myself, but I'm not at all happy about the sound of this.



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10.4: Get Info / Inspector usage on multiple files
Authored by: cybergoober on May 04, '05 01:46:15PM

It's just the Inspector (Command-Option-I) palette that dynamically updates. The Get Info (Command-I) window still behaves as it does in Panther as far as I can tell.



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10.4: Get Info / Inspector usage on multiple files
Authored by: ebernet on May 04, '05 02:44:32PM

We essentially have 3 methods now. The Inspector, brought over from 10.0 that displays whatever the current context is, the get info, taken from Classic Mac, that lets you select multiple and get an info window for each, and the Panther/Tiger behavior, that lets you select multiple and bring it up in a non-contextual get info window (so as you can compare two groups of files to each other). All in all, a nice improvement.



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10.4: Get Info / Inspector usage on multiple files
Authored by: Wodgy on May 04, '05 03:43:12PM
I agree, the Inspector is potentially quite frustrating unless you're consciously aware that it updates based on the current selection.

However, if you hold down the control key before selecting "Get Info", you'll get a summary view that's frozen -- it doesn't update based on the current selection. This is much better. I just wish there was an easier way for users to discover this.

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10.4: Get Info / Inspector usage on multiple files
Authored by: gullevek on May 04, '05 10:32:07PM

pressing Control and then selecting it from the context menu is the same as if you press Option + Command + I or Control + Command + I.
Actually I see no difference in Showing Summary and Inspector. A bit confusing to change the text for actually the same item.



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Window VS Palette
Authored by: elmimmo on May 05, '05 03:25:30AM

As you pointed out the Inspector palette and the Get Info window report the same information.

The difference though, is subtle: the Inspector is a palette, and hence
- Will stay on top of all other Windows,
- Does not automatically gain mouse focus (the active window will still be the one you summoned the Inspector from).
- Does not react to the Close Window keyboard shortcut Command + W (since it is not a window, it's a palette). You dismiss it by pressing Option + Command + I again. In fact, while this seems the correct behaviour, if you are not aware that you are watching the Inspector instead of the Get Info/Summary window, you might close the window that encloses the item that your are "inspecting". This happens to me repeatedly and it is quite frustrating.
- Only one active inspector can be displayed, and hence, dynamically updates its contents as your selection changes.
- It will fade out when Expose is on.

My only problem with it is that, once it has gained mouse focus by the user clicking on it, it should have a way to escape from it and give the focus back to the workspace. In other apps (such as Photoshop) that also have textfields and other UI elements that need to retain focus until the user says so, it usually implies pressing Enter. It does not work in the Inspector, though, and I have found no way to take the focus away from it but by dismissing the palette altogether. In my opinion, this counts as a bug.



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