Relative to how Apple’s Finder has worked over the past few decades with what seems like glacier slow improvements, I have to confess to a first world problem. Yes, people need better health care and improved sanitation in other countries, but it’s a requirement here, too.
But my Mac’s Finder is too cluttered. Like the Menubar but with bigger icons.
I know. It’s my own fault for engaging myself in modern Mac technology, but Apple has improved the Finder’s usefulness with upgrades in the past few years. Dropbox started the most recent trend toward clutter by taking a position in the Finder’s Sidebar.
That started the flood. Box, Google’s Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive, and Apple’s iCloud Drive, all have taken up a position in the Sidebar. Seemingly overnight, the Finder has become a cluttered little house, a Jack of all trades, a place for whatever doesn’t belong somewhere else.
Take the Sidebar. Please.
Apple decided a few Finder versions ago that color was something reserved for the digital Gods and not Mac users. Everything in the Finder is a dull gray. Color shows up in folder and file tags. Why not on the Sidebar or in the customizable Toolbar?
For example, my Sidebar starts with the Box Sync icon, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, ExpanDrive, and iCloud Drive. They’re all the same color. Granted, each has an icon and the name. But Google Drive and OneDrive use the same dull gray icon as Library, and any other folder dropped into the Sidebar.
Color can be as much of an identifier as an icon. Why isn’t the AirDrop icon a nice vibrant blue? Or, maybe a green? It cannot be that difficult for Apple’s engineers and designers to put in a simple toggle switch which allows custom colors or not; user choice.
Again, this is something of a first world problem and I have only myself to blame because I look for utility wherever I can find it and Finder circa 2017 has plenty of customization options that most Mac users never dip their toes into.
File view? There’s Icon view, List view, CoverFlow view, and my favorite, Column view. My Mac’s Finder Toolbar has become a repository for many useful functions not only from Mac apps and folders lining the top, but third party utilities including Default Folder (kind of a mini Finder in itself), BetterZip, and others which add one-click functionality.
In fact, my Mac’s Finder has become so cluttered that on the MacBook Pro (which mostly mirrors everything on the desktop 27-inch iMac) that I can’t run side-by-side Finder windows and have to resort to tabs.
Apple made Finder more useful, more accessible, more likable, and a better way to, well, find and manage apps, files, and folders. In turn, over the past few years I began to use Finder more frequently, add more apps and services, and now it’s become cluttered and close to untenable.
The Finder is the new Menubar.