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Mac OS® X Lion™ on Demand by Steve Johnson - Perspection, Inc.

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4. Customizing the Finder

What You’ll Do

Understand Finder Preferences

Show Icons on the Desktop

Customize the Way Windows Open

Show or Hide File Extensions

Customize Finder Window Views

Customize the Toolbar

Customize the Sidebar

Customize the Dock

Create Aliases

Customize Mission Control

Use Simple Finder

Introduction

Finder Preferences allow you to control how you interact with your desktop, windows, and icons. You can access Finder Preferences from the Finder menu. Finder Preferences are grouped into four main areas: General, Labels, Sidebar, and Advanced. The Finder Preferences window is a central location to set Finder related options. However, you can customize the Finder and the desktop in other places too.

In each of the Finder window ...

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