Show Full File Paths in Finder
Luke,on the topic of  Apple
02.23.2009   |   6comment

The only real gripe I have had about OSX is that when I have a file highlighted in the Finder I want to look at a glance somewhere to see where exactly that file is. I have actually had a couple discussions with others that have not switched to a Mac because of this. I just lived on wondering why this feature was not available. Then I stumbled upon this in my RSS reader. The good guys over at TUAW had an answer! Once enabled, this is what you will see in any open Finder window.


To get this working on your mac open a terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal) and then paste in this script and press enter. You will have to restart Finder to see your new and improved window.

defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES


  1. Joseph says:

    What a great trick! Sometimes when I’m in terminal, I feel like I might accidentally blow up my machine, but after running that script it’s still in tact, thankfully.

  2. Mike says:

    It didn’t blow up? Hmm… try running it again.

  3. Luke says:

    I’ll look into why it didn’t give you the blow up effect. . . Everyone else seems to at least get smoke coming out of their Mac. :)

  4. Jared says:

    What’s wrong with just going to View -> Show path bar in finder?

  5. Mike says:

    Thanks for pointing that out Jared, I never realized you could do that. Plus, doing it that way allows you to click through the path. I decided to keep both going anyway, just because I’m used to seeing the path at the top now.

  6. Jared says:

    I believe I’ll be adding it to the top using your terminal trick as well. Great looking blog design by the way… and I like the new site design as well.

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