Leopard provides a facility for making a folder's view stick to a folder. This is accomplished by choosing View » Show View Options, and clicking the 'Always open in ...' checkbox to retain the currently-selected view for that folder. Unfortunately, setting up folders to do this is cumbersome, because you have to do this for each individual folder. This tip describes a way to get it done very easily for large numbers of folders. (If you'd like to know more about why I like to do this, read the my explanation at the end of this hint.)
It's easy to create a convenient set of Automater workflows that will set the view of one or more folders simultaneously to a given view in such a way as to have that view stick to the selected folders. I created a workflow for each of the four Finder views, named appropriately as Iconview, Listview, Columnview, and Flowview. These are installed into my AppleScript menu, and then used to change selected multiple folders with one click. Read on to learn how to create these workflows.
If you are looking for a file by name, and don't want to use Spotlight's File Name button, just press and hold Shift, select the Finder's File menu, and notice that the Find entry has become Find by name.
Select that entry, and the Finder will open a new window with a preset search set up for Name Contains; type your filename, and you're done.
[robg adds: You'll see a bit of a visual bug when you do this: the search dialog will have Contents, not File Name highlighted, and then the Name Contains line below that. So technically, it seems you're searching files whose contents contain a file name you specify. Clearly that doesn't make any sense. In any event, it seems Apple heard the complaints about easier filename searching. You can take the shortcut to this solution by pressing Shift-Command-F, or you can just type name:somefile or name:"some multiword name" into the Spotlight search box.]
You can enable the display of the path to each Finder window as that window's title by typing the two following commands in the terminal:
$ defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES
$ killall Finder
While you can't edit or copy the path, this feature can still be useful for power users. It is similar to the Path Bar in Leopard's Finder, but it shows the path in a more compact way, and in a format that power users are used to.
[robg adds: This can get somewhat ugly when you drill way down into the file system, but it definitely works.]
It is now possible to share a folder very easily in Leopard. Right or control-click, and choose Get Info from the contextual menu (or just press Command-I). In the dialog, there's a new checkbox called "Shared Folder" If you check this, the folder and its contents are instantly shared.
[robg adds: You'll still need to set up user access for this folder, using either the Sharing & Permissions section of the Get Info window, or the File Sharing section of the Sharing System Preferences panel.]
This hint lets you open several items in a stack in one go, instead of having to open the stack several times.
After clicking on a stack so that it fans or grids out, hold the Option key down, and then click on as many items as you desire within the stack. As you click each, it will open and the stack will remain onscreen. Unfortunately (at least when selecting folders), items will open behind what ever program you happen to be working in at the time.
The Space Bar is a very convenient way to trigger Quick Look in the Leopard Finder. However, if you're trying to select items whose names begin with a space, the Quick Look window will appear and eat your subsequent keystrokes.
To select the first item that begins with a space without triggering Quick Look, hold down the Option key while you press the Space Bar. You only need to do this once; once you've started to type-select, you can use the space bar unmodified.
Type-selection can also interfere with Quick Look. To use Quick Look after type-selecting, wait a moment before pressing the Space Bar, or just press Command-Y immediately.
I love Quick Look. Especially with images. Go to an image (I've tested JPGs and PSDs so far), and hit the Space Bar. A large version shows up like it's supposed to.
Now, hold down the Option key and click somewhere on the Quick Look image -- it zooms in! Hold Shift-Option, click, and it'll zoom out. When zoomed in, release all keys and click and drag -- you can move within the zoomed image. That, my friends, is greatness.
With my unscientific testing, the zoomed in Quick Look image has just a hair less clarity compared to the same image zoomed in using a graphics program -- but nothing to gripe about!
[robg adds: You can also zoom in and out by holding Option and using the scroll wheel on your mouse, or two-finger scrolling on a trackpad. This technique was mentioned in the comments to this hint on zooming PDFs, but the above adds more details.]
You can activate Quick Look with multiple documents chosen in your Finder. The Quick Look window will open with the document chosen first, but you can navigate through all of the selected items with the with the left and right arrow keys.
Especially useful is the index sheet, accessible in Quick Look's toolbar, which displays thumbnails of all selected documents. This is most handy when looking at pictures, but also serves well with other file types. It works well with all the file types supported by Quick Look you have chosen.
Also, activating Full Screen mode in Quicklook with only two items selected, and subsequently choosing the grid, is a useful way of looking at non-Quick Look-compatible items' full resolution icons.
10.5 ships with uppercase menu items in the Finder's sidebar, similar to recent versions of iTunes. To make things lowercase like they should be, do the following. First, navigate to (or copy and paste the following into the Go » Go to Folder dialog):