7 Ways To Customize the Finder Toolbar on Your Mac

Here are some useful ways to customize your Finder toolbar with new buttons. You can add Finder commands, folders, files, and even Shortcuts that do various things.

Comments: 14 Responses to “7 Ways To Customize the Finder Toolbar on Your Mac”

    John Carter
    6 months ago

    Very useful! What you have shown is worth including in my lessons for my Mac club.

    GazzaDownUnder
    6 months ago

    Two things I always do with my set up (and others find it very helpful) is to turn on icon&text …. Plus customise the Toolbar to include the TrashCan. (If one selects a file/s in the finder window one can then click the Delete icon in the Finder tool bar).
    My latest tip is to move (via Customise) the Find icon towards the centre of the Toolbar window instead out to the far right.
    I’ve also done this in the Mail app Toolbar, move the Find icon to the left side. (and icon&Text).

    Sheldon
    6 months ago

    Thanks bunches

    Ken Nellis
    6 months ago

    Great tip about putting Shortcuts in the Finder Toolbar! That Shortcut you showed previously to create a new text file works great there. Thanx!

    Michael
    6 months ago

    Already using some of these tips---thanks!

    Steven Louis
    6 months ago

    When you add "new folder" to the Finder toolbar the icon is grayed out and does not create a new folder in finder?

    6 months ago

    Steven: That means you are not at a location where you can create a new folder. What location is your Finder window currently showing?

    Derek
    5 months ago

    Thanks this is great. What if the file is in my Download folder on my Mac & can't be accessed by my iPhone as I don't use iCloud file. Can I actually attach the file itself and if so what do I change to the Shortcut to do this?

    Derek
    5 months ago

    Oops sorry I should have clarified I was asking in relation to the "Add file to reminders" shortcut?

    5 months ago

    Derek: No, you can't attach a file to a Reminder. But you can certainly put it in iCloud Drive so you can access it on your iPhone as well as your Mac.

    Henning
    3 months ago

    Hi Gary, i placed some Apps in the toolbar. All worked fine. Since the latest MacOS update, "dropzone" feature no longer works here. Can you please check on your end?
    Regards
    Henning

    3 months ago

    Henning: Do you mean can I still drag apps to the Finder toolbar? Yes, it still works as before. And if the app handles that type of file I can drop it on that toolbar item to open the file.

    Henning
    3 months ago

    After restarting the finder, two of the three apps handle their files again, but the third one doesn't - no idea why...

    Henning
    3 months ago

    But thanks a lot!
    By the way: in all that trying i found out, that i don't need a second finderwindow to add items to the toolbar.
    If i just hold down the command key i can drag and drop items there.

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