11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 9, 2011 9:13 AM by Dov
Maxtcc Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

How can I get LION to let me see the side of folders?



and files? at the bottom of the window as in snow leopard.



I miss this and rely on it to monitor the available space on the hard drives ect.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • John Hammer1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,805 points)

    Click once on a blank area of your Desktop.


    Go to the Finder menubar: View->Show View Options


    Check the box next to SHOW ITEM INFO

  • Maxtcc Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Sorry John but that only lists the number of items in the folders.


    I am looking to get the size of the folder contents.  or at least the remaining space of the harddrive as a whole.


    sorry there was a typo in the title.

  • John Hammer1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,805 points)

    Sorry, but I had to interpret what "side" meant, since "the side of a folder" doesn't really mean anything. I thought you were talking about Desktop icons of mounted volumes.


    Perhaps you mean you're using Finder windows in column mode and you want to see the preview pane. If so, click on any Finder window, go to View->Show View Options, and check the boxes next to SHOW PREVIEW COLUMN and SHOW ICON PREVIEW.

  • red_menace Level 6 Level 6 (14,885 points)

    I think the Get Info window is where the folder size is shown, but to get the remaining disk space you can use the Finder > View > Show Status Bar menu item.

  • DRamos MacFan Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    In order to see the available space on your hard drive, select "About this Mac" from the Apple Menu.  Then click on the "More Info..."  button.  Lion has made some nice changes to what used to be the System Profiler.  Along the top of the window "About this Mac" window that appears, you will see Overview, Displays, Storage, and Memory.  Click on Storage to see a graphic display of the usage of your hard drive.  It will show you how much space is available and how the space is used between Audio, Video, etc.  Similar to the graphics you see when attaching your iPod or iPhone to iTunes to sync.

  • Dov Level 2 Level 2 (295 points)

    Hi Maxtcc,


    If I interpret your question correctly, you wish to see the sizes of folders and files in the Status bar of Finder windows? I'm not sure it's possible to do that in the Status bar...I see the number of items in a folder, as well as the remaining disk space on my hard drive. To turn on the Status bar, select Show Status Bar from the View menu.


    To see the sizes of individual folders in a Finder window, you could show the contents in List view, and make sure the Size column is visible. To do this, select Show View Options from the View menu. From there, make sure Size is checked in the Show Columns area. In addition, you'll need to select the Calculate all sizes checkbox at the bottom to show the actual sizes of folders.


    Hope that helps!

  • Maxtcc Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Dov, that is close but not in the status bar but at the bottom of the volder window. Surely , everyone can't have forgotten snow leopard and leopard et al already, where you could could to display at the bottom of all ovened folders to see the status of the the files and hard drive. Boy I WISH I HAD A SCREEN SHOT OF WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. 

    Yes you can get the info from get info and in the list view. But we use to be able to have a line at the bottom that gave a running total, which to me was very useful as I throughput mondo files to discrete drives thoughout my network for sorting photos by topic to seperate drives.


    ah here we go a screen shot off my macbook running snow leopard, it is that grey  bar at the bottom which says "4 items 137,26 GB available",that I am wanting in the LION window bottom.
    THIS is what I mean.png
  • John Hammer1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,805 points)

    Ah, finally! Now I know what you want. Sorry I didn't get it before.


    Here's how to enable the Finder window Status Bar:


    1- Make any Finder window active.


    2- Go to the Finder's menu bar: View->Show Status Bar


    Note that visibility of the Status Bar is set on a per-window basis. You can have some windows with the Status bar dangling at the bottom, and some without, all on one Desktop at the same time.




    Screen Shot 2011-08-09 at 1.50.12 AM copy.jpg

  • Roger Barre Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)

    In the Finder View Menu, select Show Status Bar.  That will activate the bar at the bottom of the Finder window that shows you how manhy items are in the current window, and how many GB are available on the drive.

  • Maxtcc Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Thank you John that is exactly the thing.


    I for the life of me could not remember where I switched it on from before, it has been 4 years or more that did that thing.


    A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when they fail me.

    Thank you all for trying, I appologize for the lack of correct direction in words to decribe my woes.

  • Dov Level 2 Level 2 (295 points)

    Ha ha! That was exactly what I suggested in the first part of my response!

    To turn on the Status bar, select Show Status Bar from the View menu.

    Anyway, I'm glad you found your solution!