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    customizing the finder?
    So I have been using the program Path Finder for some time now and love all the options and complex fucntions. However, it is TOO much. I don't need all the options and functions and I would really like to start using the standard finder again. So, in the standard finder i customized the toolbar, changed the background color, icon size, blah blah blah. It still isn't enough though, so i have a few questions:

    Is there an exstension or haxie to allow tabed browsing within the finder?

    How do I change the background color of the sidebar of the finder? It always is white and dosen't match the other background in finder. Yuck!

    I recently found some very eye-pleasing icons to replace the stock sidebar icons, ie applications, documents, photos. However, the application and system folders never have and won't change icons. I copy and paste in the "info" window but it never takes effect in the finder. All the other folders have changed but these two won't change. When I open the "info" window the "icon preview" displays what i have pasted but the folder in the icon itself does not. How do i get the to change permanently?

    Whats up with the little characters/symbols in the lower left corner? I have seen four little squares and a pencil with the line through it. What are they and what do they represent?

    Anyway to get the "system preferences" to appear in the sidebar?

    Anyone know of a website (if there is one) that has a collection of finder ad-ons for customization?

    thanx in advance! I look forward to your responses.
    jigzilla

    ps i have an intel macbook

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    herro! any one out there?

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    I recently found some very eye-pleasing icons to replace the stock sidebar icons, ie applications, documents, photos. However, the application and system folders never have and won't change icons. I copy and paste in the "info" window but it never takes effect in the finder. All the other folders have changed but these two won't change. When I open the "info" window the "icon preview" displays what i have pasted but the folder in the icon itself does not. How do i get the to change permanently?
    You have to log in as root...NOT recommended. Or use something like Candybar: http://iconfactory.com/software

    Anyway to get the "system preferences" to appear in the sidebar?
    Goto /Applications and drag it to the sidebar.
    Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it!
    -Lazarus Long

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jigzill View Post
    Whats up with the little characters/symbols in the lower left corner? I have seen four little squares and a pencil with the line through it. What are they and what do they represent?
    I'd like an answer to this question too. Anyone?

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    that pencil means the disk you are looking at is read only

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    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    that pencil means the disk you are looking at is read only
    Thank you. Do you (or does anyone else) know what the four squares mean?

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    how about a screen shot? may get more answers.... Im not totally sure what your looking at. a picture would help.

    Command Shift 3.... to take a picture of the screen, then upload as an attachment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macgig View Post
    how about a screen shot? may get more answers.... Im not totally sure what your looking at. a picture would help.

    Command Shift 3.... to take a picture of the screen, then upload as an attachment.
    Here ya go ... I've even enlarged it for you. Thanks in advance for your interest in helping.



    At least if you're running OSX 10.4, if you go to your Applications folder and open various folders therein, likely you'll see this on *some but not all* resultant windows. The "some but not all" is the puzzling part; I haven't noticed any pattern to it.

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    which folders? so far I don't see it on mine. Im running tiger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macgig View Post
    which folders? so far I don't see it on mine. Im running tiger.
    Since we may not overlap in apps folders, here instead are folders in my [startup hard drive]/Library (not username/Library) folder -- for brevity, only the A-F ones -- whose windows have this icon:

    Address Book Plug-Ins
    Application Enhancers
    Application Enhancers (Disabled)
    Audio
    CFMSupport
    Colors
    ColorSync
    Components
    Contextual Menu Items
    Desktop Pictures
    Dictionaries
    DiscRecording
    Documentation
    Extensions
    Filesystems
    Fonts
    Frameworks

    ---

    Application Support and
    Caches

    do not.

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    on mine I see a pencil with a line through it. as someone mentioned that means (I believe) that folder is read only and can't be written to. I don't have any that I see yet with the icon your showing. Hmm, interesting.

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