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10.6: How to see summary Get Info data for multiple files Desktop
Snow Leopard only hintIn Mac OS X 10.5, if you select more than 10 files and then choose File » Get Info from the contextual menu, Finder automatically opens the Inspector, showing a summary of all 10 files.

In Snow Leopard, though, Finder opens the Get Info window for each item, quickly filling the entire screen on smaller displays. If you want the summary style Get Info window instead, hold down the Control key before pressing Command-I; this changes the Get Info menu item to Get Summary Info, and you'll see one summary Get Info window for your selected files.

[robg adds: Control-Command-I works in 10.4 and 10.5, too. I marked this one Snow Leopard only, though, because it's related to Snow Leopard's handling of move than 10 selected items with multiple Get Info windows. A brief history of Get Info and multiple selections:
  • 10.3: Get Info displays a summary window for all selected files.
  • 10.4 and 10.5: Get Info displays individual windows for each selection up to 10 total, unless you use Control-Command-I to view the summary window. With more than 10 files selected, you always get the summary window. The only way (that I know of) to see more than 10 individual Get Info windows is to select files in batches smaller than 10, then do Command-I on each batch.
  • 10.6: Get Info displays individual windows for each selection, regardless of how many files are displayed. Use Control-Command-I if you want the summary window, regardless of the number of files in the selection.
The Snow Leopard implementation seems like it's the most flexible, but it does require some training time to remember to hold down Control and Command when you know you want the summary window.]
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10.6: How to see summary Get Info data for multiple files
Authored by: MJCube on Oct 23, '09 07:51:34AM
Just to head off confusion: This is similar to, but not the same as, Show Inspector, which has been Command-Option-I (⌘⌥I) by default for as long as I can remember.

The change in SL seems right in line with Apple’s creeping Windows-style UI changes lately: consistent logic, whether a feature is actually useful or not. Show me one Mac user who would not call it a bad accident (if not a bug) to get 100 Info windows on the screen with one keystroke.

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10.6: How to see summary Get Info data for multiple files
Authored by: timcrawf on Oct 23, '09 08:08:01AM

I would agree. In my view the switch from 10 to 100 is a bug. My guess? Somehow an extra 0 got into the code. Personally I think the limit should be 5.



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10.6: How to see summary Get Info data for multiple files
Authored by: dronkert on Oct 23, '09 10:49:41AM

Close them all in keystroke: Opt-Cmd-W (⌥⌘W).



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10.6: How to see summary Get Info data for multiple files
Authored by: dronkert on Oct 23, '09 10:50:37AM

Ah, the Alt and Cmd symbols don't really work.



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Unicode in posts (Oct 09)
Authored by: MJCube on Oct 23, '09 12:35:25PM

Nowadays they do if we post in HTML: ⌘⌥



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Unicode in posts (Oct 09)
Authored by: robg on Oct 27, '09 07:49:09AM

We're still working on the character set issue. Some progress has been made, but we need to test a bunch of stuff before committing a mass change on the main site.

-rob.



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10.6: How to see summary Get Info data for multiple files
Authored by: Drewstre on Oct 23, '09 08:11:05AM

Here on my 10.6.1 install, the magic number seems to 65. Highlight 64 items, hit Cmd-I, you get a screen full of Info boxes. Info on 65 items gives a single Multiple Items window... I was happy with 10. Is there maybe a Plist I can change to go back to 10?



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10.6: How to see summary Get Info data for multiple files
Authored by: arcticmac on Oct 23, '09 09:59:37AM

I always had the impression that the critical number was related to your screen size - I'd get more info windows before switching to the summary window on my desktop than on my macbook.

For example, on my macbook, the new limit is 7 rows of 4 info windows, and then when I add the 29th item, it goes to the summary info window. On my Mac Pro, I get 60 items (12 rows of 5) before switching to the summary.

That said, I agree that a smaller number would be useful. Perhaps should submit a bug report to apple, and could suggest that they add a button to the "summary info" window that would allow you to expand it to individual info windows. That way the default threshold could be quite small (like 5 or 7), and you could still get the individual windows easily enough if you wanted them.



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10.6: How to see summary Get Info data for multiple files
Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 23, '09 10:35:07AM

It's just 34 for my 15" MacBook Pro. 35 or more opens a single window. 34 almost fills my screen, but there are some empty spots on the right most column.

This hint brings back memories of the old days in Mac OS 7 where I would repeatedly use the Shift-Command-Right Arrow shortcut to expand the folder tree of my hard drive and then do a select all and get info. The screen would slowly but surely fill with a get info window for everything I had selected. A Command-Option-W after it finished would close everything, one at a time.

Good times.



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10.6: How to see summary Get Info data for multiple files
Authored by: Nosrac on Oct 23, '09 02:23:29PM

A related tip is if you do option-command-i it will show an "Inspector" meaning it will show you the "Get Info" window on whatever you have selected at any given point (it changes when you change selections)



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Alternatively
Authored by: sebastianlewis on Oct 23, '09 04:24:14PM

Remap the menu item “Get Summary Info” to ⌘I. As a couple of side effects of overwriting the keyboard shortcut for “Get Info” it will still work even for a single selected item (as it should) & all three options in the File menu (Get Info, Show Inspector, Get Summary Info) will appear. Oh & one more side effect, if you add a new keyboard shortcut to “Get Info” then “Get Summary Info” will replace “Get Info” in the File menu when the other two respective preferences are hidden away again.

It’s a bit weird, but it works. Also, thanks for the tip off on “Get Summary Info”, I had previously used the Inspector & I generally *don’t* use keyboard shortcuts when I’m looking at a menu.



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10.6: How to see summary Get Info data for multiple files
Authored by: petersconsult on Oct 28, '09 05:38:53PM
MJCube mentions this, but i thought it'd be worth repeating.
Show Inspector Command-Option-I (⌘⌥I) is, in my humble estimation, a much better tool that Get Info because it is dynamic.
It is quite convenient when comparing files because you just invoke it, then click from one file to the other and the information is immediately updated; so when you compare file size (in bytes), you can instantly see if 2 files are the same exact size (most likely meaning they are duplicates) or not.
Hope this helps..

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