Configure Finder preferences (Deprecated)

Path

User Configuration > Policies > Centrify Settings > Mac OS X Settings > Finder Settings > Configure Finder preferences (Deprecated)

Description

Configure Finder preferences, including whether to use normal or Simple Finder, which items to show on the desktop, how a new window behaves, and whether to show filename extensions and the Empty Trash warning.

Select from the following options:

  • Finder type

    Select the normal Finder or Simple Finder as the user environment. The normal Finder looks and acts like the standard Mac desktop. Simple Finder removes the ability to use a Finder window to access applications or modify files, limiting users' access to only what is in the Dock. In addition, users can't mount network volumes, create folders, or delete files.

  • Show these items on the Desktop

    Choose whether users see icons for local hard disks, external disks, CDs (DVDs and iPods), and connected servers on the desktop.

    If you hide them, icons for disks and servers still appear in the top-level folder when a user clicks the Computer icon in a Finder window's toolbar.

  • New Finder window shows

    Select Home to show items in the user's home folder, or select Computer to show the top-level folder, which includes local disks and mounted volumes.

  • Always open folders in a new window

    Select this option to display folder contents in a separate window when a user opens a folder.

  • Always open windows in column view

    Select this option to display folders in column view, which maintains a consistent view across windows.

  • Show warning before emptying the Trash

    Select this option to display the normal warning when a user empties the Trash, or deselect it if you don't want users to see this message.

  • Always show file extensions

    Select this option to show filename extensions (such as .txt or .jpg) that identify the file type; or deselect it to hide filename extensions.

    Once enabled, this group policy takes effect when users log out and back in.

  • Configure Finder views

    Enable this group policy to control Finder views, for example the arrangement and appearance of items on a user's desktop, in Finder windows, and in the top-level folder of the computer.

The options in Desktop View allow you to adjust the size and arrangement of icons on the desktop.

Use Icon Size to adjust the icon size.

Use Icon Arrangement to specify how to arrange icons:

  • To keep items aligned in rows and columns, select Snap to grid.
  • To arrange items by criteria such as name or type (for example, all folders grouped together), select Keep arranged by.

Items in Finder windows are viewed in a list or as icons and you can control aspects of how these items look.

Default View settings control the overall appearance of all Finder windows. Computer View settings control the view for the top-level computer folder, showing hard disks and disk partitions, external hard drives, mounted volumes, and removable media (such as CDs or DVDs).

In Icon View, use Icon Size to adjust the size of icons.

Use Icon Arrangement to specify how to arrange icons:

  • To keep items aligned in rows and columns, select Snap to grid.
  • To arrange items by criteria such as name or type (for example, all folders grouped together), select Keep arranged by.

In List View, set the following:

  • Select relative dates to show an item's creation or modification date relative to today, rather than as a fixed date; for example, Today, or Yesterday, instead of 3/24/10.
  • Select Calculate folder sizes to calculate the total size of each folder shown in a Finder window, which can take a lot of time depending on the size of the folder.

In Icon Size, select Selectsmall or big for the size of icons in list view.

Once enabled, this group policy takes effect when users log out and back in.