The Finder in macOS is the hub through which we interact with files, folders, and volumes, and while you may have changed its appearance with a background image, adjusted the size of the icons in the windows. , views, etc., it’s easy to ignore the behavior in Finder that looks docked but can be changed with a simple checkbox.
In Finder> Preferences> Advanced, Apple is dropping several choices that include automated actions, warnings, search, and display. Some of them date back several years. But others have quietly been added. Review these settings to see if you can ease some of the friction in your Finder experience.
Show all file name extensions and Display a warning before modifying an extension
These options have appeared forever and a day, and affect the less and less visible indication of what follows a period at the end of a filename, and therefore partly determines which application opens a file. You can choose (by default) to never see extensions; but if you see them you might want to avoid modifying them which can make a file difficult to access or open it in the wrong application.
Show warning before deleting from iCloud Drive and Display a warning before emptying the recycle bin
Another pair of warnings, the iCloud Drive Choice has arrived with this cloud-based sync and storage system. You might want to keep both checked, despite the annoyance, as the warning can help if you accidentally hit the Empty Trash (Command-Shift-Delete) key.
Delete items from recycle bin after 30 days
The only bit of automation in these preferences. You can treat your recycle bin like a storage area, the same way the Photos app keeps deleted pictures in a special album for about a month. You send an item to the trash with Command-Delete, and if you haven’t needed it within 30 days, maybe you never needed it at all?
Keep files front and center
Some people prefer folders and files kept separately, although this has always been more of a Windows affair. Nevertheless, it is an option.
During a search
Spotlight search in macOS has a “scope,” which means the area of files searched. The choice titled This Mac searches for all mounted volumes, while Current folder and Recent also appear as options.
If you still want to have a default search to delimit the folder you’re showing in a Finder window, you can make that selection. Or, as is generally more useful, Use Previous Search Scope always displays your last choice until you change the scope again.
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