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10.5: Smart Folders and the scale icons slider Desktop
I'll never understand why Leopard doesn't have a slider to change the size of the icons/thumbnails when in Icon View mode. Keeping the View Options window open is a workaround, but not very elegant. It turns out that switching to Icon View in a Smart Folder search result offers just such a slider. (I hope Apple just forgot to add that feature to regular folders, and we'll see it soon -- or maybe some fancy terminal command to enable it?)

To reproduce:
  • Grab a couple of video files
  • Create a Smart Folder search for them
  • Switch to Icon View mode
  • Enjoy the slider in the lower right of the window!
And like I said, regular Finder windows don't have that feature.

[robg adds: I did a bit of digging with Interface Builder, and you can find the slider in MDResultsView.nib within the Finder bundle. However, I don't think the regular windows are drawn using any of the other .nibs in the Finder's bundle, so I'm not sure where to go from there.]
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10.5: Smart Folders and the scale icons slider
Authored by: babaloo on Dec 05, '07 09:16:50AM

Just for reference: you will find the same slider in every Spotlight search results window (as long as it is set to icon view).

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10.5: Smart Folders and the scale icons slider
Authored by: sabi on Dec 05, '07 01:18:12PM

The Spotlight results views in the Leopard Finder are Cocoa views, whereas the regular list/column/icon views are Carbon. (Try dragging a box to select; you'll notice it's a completely different color. So much for consistency.)

While you do get a few benefits, such as the size slider and reduced visual artifacts while renaming, you lose a whole lot of customizability—the View Options window is almost useless in Spotlight result views versus regular list/icon views.

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