Shorten the Finder's 'Show Item Info' text

Aug 11, '05 09:35:00AM

Contributed by: Twist

I like having the "Show item info" option enabled in the Finder's view options for the Desktop, but on the 160GB hard drive I have, it often truncates the middle of the text because the area isn't wide enough to show it all. This leads to it being nearly useless and ugly, since the text looks like "152.66 GB, ... .13 GB free." So I decided to see if I could figure out how to change the text.

While I wasn't able to figure out how to completely reformat the text (just showing the free amount would be good enough for me), I did find the string variable for the word "free." It is located in /System -> Library -> CoreServices -> Finder.app -> Contents -> Resources -> English.lproj -> Localizable.strings. Open this file in a Xcode or BBEdit, and find this line "IV9" = "free"; (line 490). Change it to "IV9" = "";, and you just saved an extra four characters. Now all useful information fits into the area provided.

As with all hacks like this, be sure to be careful, make backups, and proceed at your own risk. After you have made the change, just relaunch the Finder using the Force Quit dialog to see the change.

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