Finder Icon View Options

In Icon View in the Finder, you have several options that are not available in list or column view. You can change the label size and move it to the right side. You can turn on an option to show additional information like image dimensions and how many files are contained in a folder. You can even set the background color of the Finder window to something other than white, or use an image as the background. Many of the same view options are available for the Desktop as well.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Finder Icon View Options”

    Joe Finkelstein
    6 years ago

    Thanks Gary! Very informative.

    6 years ago

    Very helpful.

    Ian Farrar
    6 years ago

    Hi Gary, Thanks for this, but the only folder I cannot change the background to is the 'Music' folder. The 'background' option is 'greyed' out. Is this an Apple default setting that cannot be changed?

    6 years ago

    Thanks for explaining this and how it relates to the other views. Very useful.

    6 years ago

    Ian: I can't think of any reason why the Music folder is different. Works for me.

    6 years ago

    How to show jpg files as a sideshow in Finder: I think this was a feature in older versions. Also, when I enlarge icons they overflow horizontally, how can I avoid that and have them fall vertically within the window limits. Thanks!

    6 years ago

    There are many ways to show images as a slideshow. One is to select the images, bring up Quick Look (spacebar) and then use the arrows there to flip through them. Or, you can take Quick Look into full screen mode and there is even a Play button. You can also open them all in Preview or use Cover Flow view.
    As for icons overlapping, use the Clean Up or Sort By functions in the View menu to space them apart,

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