It seems like each year Apple lets us see less of our filesystem. So after logging in for the first time on a new macOS installation, there are a few Finder preferences that I always change.
Here’s what a vanilla macOS Monterey Finder window looks like and then after the changes:
The first two changes are in the
Show Path Bar and
Show Status Bar
Now your Finder window will look like this with the two new bars at the bottom.
Then I go back into
View and select
Show View Options
In the show view options window I enable
Calculate all sizes. This will cause macOS to also calculate the size of directories and you will be able to sort by Size (including directories) in Finder windows.
Before and After setting
Calculate all sizes:
The last changes happen in
Finder > Preferences.
Hard disks and
Connected servers so they show on the desktop.
And then in the
Now Finder should look like this:
Check out our other posts on customizing macOS: