Where is Lightroom hiding?

Godfrey DiGiorgi gdigiorgi at gmail.com
Fri Jul 23 15:50:11 EDT 2010


On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 12:02 PM, Charles Robinson <charlesr at visi.com> wrote:

> Is there a way to make Finder show you the SIZE of a file when you have a search results window open?
>
> I would love to be able to use it to find overly-large ISO or ZIP files from my downloads and various other sources... but I can't see the file sizes until I open a NEW finder window in whatever folder contains the file.

There are two ways to obtain additional information about files
included in a Finder search window:

- If you want to find and compare a few files at a time, select those
files and use the "File->Get Info.." command (command-i). This will
open a static information window for each file selected which allows
you to compare them easily.

- If you want to look at size information one at a time, select one
file, hold the Option key down, and use the "File->Show Inspector"
command. The inspector window which opens is dynamic ... as you click
through the files in the search window it will change to show the Get
Info detail on each file. If you Shift- or Command-Select a group of
files, it will  display the number of files and the aggregate of their
sizes.

Of course, you can do a Finder search including a Size parameter (eg:
find all .ZIP files + Size > NN Megabytes) to find overly-large .ZIP
files in the file system too. The search results will then be just
those that you might consider purging.

If your interest is overall volume space management ... that is, you
want to find out what's taking up space in your system in relation to
everything else and where it is, trim out the things that don't need
to be there, etc, there is a very well designed third party utility
application to do that. It's named "Daisy Disk" and is available from

http://www.daisydiskapp.com/

This is an excellent, specialist tool with a very useful way of
displaying how files are laid out in the file system, with resolution
right down to the individual file. You can do this type of thing with
the Finder too, but it's not specifically tuned to this kind of
large-scale volume space analysis/management task efficiently.
-- 
Godfrey
  godfreydigiorgi.posterous.com




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