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Review: XtraFinder adds features to your Mac's Finder window

Change the functions and appearance of your Finder menu in one program with XtraFinder for Mac.

With Finder options typically located in several different menus, XtraFinder for Mac combines them all together for easier access. This free program could use some design help but would be beneficial for those who have to constantly switch between menus and programs in the Finder window.

After installing into the applications folder, XtraFinder for Mac automatically restarts the Finder window to apply any changes. Double clicking the program icon brings up its main menu, which lacks any graphics and has a cluttered look. The first menu contains options for tabs, windows, and shortcut keys. Users can also change the tab styles based on the appearance of other programs, like Google Chrome. The shortcuts can control tab options, including opening new ones and moving between previous menus. The features pane allows changes to things such as colors and text scheme, as well as toolbar changes. While the number of available modifications is impressive, few of them are easy to figure out based solely on the menu descriptions. Better labels or a user guide would have been a helpful addition. Fortunately, it was easy to turn options on and off, and the changes incorporated flawlessly into the Finder.

Despite its messy interface and lack of direction, XtraFinder brings some useful Mac modifications to the table. It's worth a download if you're willing to put up with some trial and error to get results.

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