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I really love Finder's Inspector window, specially on a large screen like an iMac's, but I'd prefer to have it open when my Mac starts. (Yes, it is just three keystrokes, but I prefer to have it already on automatically.) So, as Finder doesn't have this option, I've created an AppleScript to do it:
try
  tell application "Finder"
    activate
  end tell
  tell application "System Events"
    tell process "Finder"
      tell menu bar 1
        tell menu bar item "File"
          tell menu "File"
            click menu item "Show Inspector"
          end tell
        end tell
      end tell
    end tell
  end tell
end try
Paste the above into Script Editor, save it as an application, and then I add it to your login items. You must have enabled Access for Assistive Devices, which can be found in the Universal Access System Preferences panel.
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Open Finder Inspector panel at login
Authored by: gabester on Dec 10, '08 07:56:14AM

Interesting! I did not realize that System Events/GUI Scripting could access menu items that are not visible because they normally require a modifying keystroke such as the option key. I'm sure someone else has said as much in a previous hint but it took the simplicity of this one for it to sink in with me...
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Authored by: genglefins on Dec 13, '08 12:59:03AM

Wow, I had no clue this feature still existed. In older versions of OS X, Command+I opened a Get-Info window that dynamically showed info for whatever item you selected, just like this.

I missed that feature and felt like it was some sort of concession to Mac OS 9 Longbeards who felt the updated behavior was "too weird."



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Authored by: maczen on Dec 10, '08 08:01:02AM

OK this is cool only because I didn't know about the Finder Inspector. WOW! A feature that will total the size of multiple files. Why didn't I google for that before?



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Authored by: hypert on Dec 10, '08 09:05:19AM

This must be 10.5 only?



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Authored by: barbarella on Dec 10, '08 09:34:32AM

Nope, works also in Tiger. Remember that you'll have to press CMD+OPT+I to get the inspector instead of GetInfo.



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Authored by: slb on Dec 10, '08 10:25:23AM

Command-Option-I
Select multiple items...use that keystroke.



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Authored by: arizdave on Dec 10, '08 10:53:05AM

OK What does the "Inspector" do/show and/or inspect ????



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Authored by: regulus on Dec 10, '08 11:09:17AM
Here's a shorter script...

tell application "Finder" to activate
tell application "System Events"
delay 0.2 -- adjust as needed
keystroke "i" using command down & option down
end tell


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Authored by: nomadman on Dec 11, '08 05:09:46AM

How is the "Finder Inspector" different from just the good ol' "Info Panel" you get when clicking Cmd + i, and what is there to love so much?



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Authored by: mark hunte on Dec 11, '08 09:37:53AM

Its Dynamic. When you call it up and click on a file the info changes to show the info on that file, click on another file the info will change again. All in the one window. This does not happen in a get info window although their features look the same.



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Authored by: rbsandkam on Dec 11, '08 11:55:01AM

if you select two (or more) items and press command-i, you will get two (or more) separate Get Info windows.
One for each item.

But, if you select two (or more) items and press command-option-i, you will get a single "Inspector" window.
This inspector window will provide the total size of all files selected.
You can even leave the window open, and it will recalculate on the fly as you select and deselect additional items.



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Authored by: anic297 on Jan 09, '09 05:08:29AM

Control-Command-I will show a single information window, regardless of how many items you have selected.
Also note that if you select more than 10 items, Command-I will always open a single information window as well (perhaps there is an OS which makes the exception here).



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that option key is just awful UI
Authored by: deef on Dec 12, '08 09:35:54AM

This is a very cool hint--the inspector is great esp. the way it's dynamic & handles multiple items....but....I've been using OS X since February 2005 and I've only now found it. Maybe I'm just an idiot. But I think this practice of hiding features in menus so that they only show up when the option key is pressed is just awful. If I hadn't found out about it on this site a year-and-a-half or so I would never have known about it.



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Authored by: jayratch on Dec 13, '08 09:30:10PM

I was about to post along the lines of "why would I possibly want this?" but after accidentally discovering that the Inspector stays put and updates to whichever file/folder(s) you have selected at the moment, I guess it could be pretty handy. Does everything the Info pane does, with one less step.

So I have to say, this is a pretty cool hint, but could benefit from an explanation of why it's such a cool hint... I suppose "see above" is the appropriate phrase here...

Also, I never knew about the whole "press option on menus" thing. Has that been there all along? How weird/irritating is that?



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Authored by: osxpounder on Dec 14, '08 08:46:38AM

Sorry to say it, but, yes, that Option thing has been around for ages. It frustrated me, too, ages ago. I agree, it's frustrating.

As for why you'd possibly want this... here's why I like the Option-Cmd-i Inspector: you can close it with the same keystroke. This means you can take a quick peek without having to maneuver your mouse over to the top corner of the Get Info window every time you use one. It's quick. It also does the math and gives a total storage account of all the currently selected files, in MB, GB, whatever. Oh, and like mark and rb said, it updates depending on what you've got selected.

I'm really grateful for this hint! The 2nd AppleScript works perfectly for me on my Tiger system, whereas the first did not. Thanks to both scripters! This is awesome.



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Authored by: anic297 on Jan 09, '09 05:10:32AM

Well, your script does not take care of other languages than english. It can be enhanced by using indexes of menu items or sending a Command-Option-I keystroke.



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Authored by: funkymonkey on Jan 09, '09 07:33:01AM

Very old people like me will remember that the Finder Inspector was the default for 'apple+i' in OS X public beta and possibly 10.1 but I think in 10.2 due to public outcry Apple re-instated the old OS 9 'get info' functionality back into OS X as the default. Hiding the Finder Inspector in the process.



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Authored by: day100309 on Mar 10, '09 02:05:05PM