Apple have made some great advancements with their default Finder application on macOS. For Power Users, however, it still won’t be enough and that is where third party applications come into their own - and Path Finder from Cocoatech is my tool of choice. It’s a Power User’s dream and while there isn’t scope within this post to run through everyfeature on offer, I’d just like to write about why I use it and explain some of the features that get used heavily on a daily basis.
I think the feature I love most about the sidebar is the fact that you can hide sections as needed and, from this reduced view, create a completely different view for a given situation. By default, Path Finder displays sections for Devices, Shared, Places, Recent Documents and Search For. There are times, however, when I let my daughter use the MacBook for homework and I don’t want her to inadvertently make changes to certain important drives! I can hide these sections and create her a whole new sidebar, customised to her liking! (Well, I minimise it and hide everything I don’t want her to see!).
I also use this to create different sidebars for streams of work. I have a minimised sidebar, for example, that only shows a few key folders I may be working from so that there isn’t a lot of noise on the left hand side of my screen. Swapping between custom sidebars is as easy as clicking on the cog on the bottom left hand side of the screen and selecting the sidebar you wish to switch to.
You can also add colour to the default icons within the sidebar. From Preferences, choose Appearance and select the option Use color icons in the standard sidebar (there is a custom option as well).