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202 +208/-6 votes

Merge folders option when copying/moving

Submitted by Flauchhaus on August 12, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

When copying a folder to a location where a folder with the same name already exists the only option is to replace the folder (and loosing all files from the replaced folder) or stop the copy/move operation.

Add a "merge" button/option when there are duplicate foldernames while copying/moving, so the user can choose what he wants.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(26 comments)

189 +198/-9 votes

Saving the original location info for files in Trash

Submitted by tomerb on August 10, 2008 to Usability

When trying to restore files deleted to the Trash, the information about the original location of the file, maybe as an additional column in the Trash folder view, could have been very helpful.
With such info, It would have been much easier to (more...)

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(8 comments)

182 +189/-7 votes

List the apps that prevents unmounting

Submitted by Flauchhaus on August 11, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Ejecting external storage devices often isn't possible because some app/process still using the device. When trying to eject/unmount the finder just pops up an error message saying that the device isn't ejectable and you have to close the apps (more...)

When unmounting fails the finder should list which apps/processes are preventing it, and optionally switch to the app.

High

Medium

Fixed

Fixed in Snow Leopard! ^_^

(5 comments)

143 +156/-13 votes

Moving files in Finder displays a Copy dialog

Submitted by ion on August 10, 2008 to Aesthetics

When the user copies files in Finder then a window pops up. Its title says: Copy.
When the user moves files from one location to another then the windowtitle is still Copy.

Leopard has this "feature" as well.

Change the title of the window.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(11 comments)

135 +163/-28 votes

No Cut option in the Finder

Submitted by Aayush on August 10, 2008 to Bug

The shortcut Cmd+X, which is reserved for the Cut command, simply does not work on items in the Finder. When you select any Finder item, the Copy option under the Edit menu gets enabled but the Cut option remains disabled.

Yes, you can (more...)

Simply enable the feature. It’s already in place but is just disabled for some weird reason.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(11 comments)

104 +115/-11 votes

QuickLook: Play animated GIFs

Submitted by Flauchhaus on August 13, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug

QuickLook won't play animated gif files, it just shows the first frame. Users have to use Safari or other 3rd party picture viewers to fully preview animated gifs.

Enable playing .gif animations in QuickLook, or provide a .gif plugin for QuickLook.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(3 comments)

95 +101/-6 votes

Filesize of selected file(s) in statusbar

Submitted by basvdijk on August 16, 2008 to Usability

When selecting a file in finder, the statusbar only displays how many items are selected and how much free space there is on the harddisk. You can not see how large the current selected file(s) is/are.

Add the total size of the selected file(s) to the statusbar of the finder window.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(1 comments)

85 +89/-4 votes

Default Search in finder should be in CURRENT FOLDER not the whole computer

Submitted by renatocoral on October 24, 2008 to Usability

Normally when you search for files inside FINDER you look for files within a especific folder and that should be the default option. If you are looking for files on the whole computer you can always go directly to Spotlight.

Medium

Medium

Fixed

Fixed in Snow Leopard

(5 comments)

84 +121/-37 votes

Dialog windows lack keyboard shortcuts and tabbing (by default)

Submitted by Oscar on August 10, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

By default, tabbing through buttons in a dialog window is off, which makes it ever so bothersome to quickly deal with them. Furthermore there is no proper indication of hotkeys, like you have in Windows (underlining the letter).

For instance, (more...)

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(21 comments)

77 +87/-10 votes

Non-resizing windows and lists

Submitted by baliset on August 12, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

There are many examples of Apple-included preferencepanes, utilities or interface elements that can't be resized to show the full width of items in lists, despite there being obvious needs to be able to do so. For example, the Login window itself (more...)

Make all such dialogs resizable. Better still, move printer management back out into its own utility, which was better in Tiger.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

76 +87/-11 votes

Improve printer settings usability

Submitted by dgood on August 12, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

The print dialogs in OS X are unnecessarily complex, presenting each printer capability in a dropdown, which isn't immediately apparent since it's not even labeled.

A tabbed interface would be more efficient, usable, and intuitive.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(6 comments)

75 +88/-13 votes

Delete app related files/settings when dragging apps to the trash

Submitted by Flauchhaus on September 12, 2008 to Annoyance

When a user uninstalls applications by dragging them to the trash there is no easy option to delete related files (settings, libraries... from the app). This leaves many orphaned files on the HDD. To un/reinstall apps cleanly the user has to locate those (more...)

Remove related files when dragging apps to the trash, and for example a check box to leave settings.

I think that this shouldn't require an App manager, just dragging apps to the trash to uninstall them is a very unique and cool feature (more...)

Low

High

Not fixed

(15 comments)

75 +80/-5 votes

Different Spaces with different Desktop Wallpaper

Submitted by Ian on September 3, 2008 to Aesthetics

When you change between spaces it's difficult to visually determine in which space you are (the only signal is the option of display the space number in the toolbar)

I think it would be better to allow the use of different desktop wallpaper to each space. I remember some programs did it before leopard, so it must be easy.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(2 comments)

74 +108/-34 votes

Finder: Tabbed browsing in Finder

Submitted by Flauchhaus on August 11, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

The Finder has no tabbed browsing option. Tabbed browsing would improve productivity for anyone who is familiar and comfortable with tabbed browsing (a lot of users). Tabbed Browsing is an option in Safari and the Terminal, why not in the Finder?

Add tabbed browsing in Finder, and the ability to drag files to tabs to move/copy them to the location of the tab.

Low

Medium

Not fixed

(8 comments)

67 +78/-11 votes

Can't highlight text in text clippings

Submitted by dwf on August 11, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

The Finder has a feature called "text clippings". Essentially, highlight any text (in Safari, say) and drag it to a Finder folder or the desktop and a "text clipping" is created. This is essentially a file that is all metadata (which (more...)

A quick fix is documented at MacOSXHints: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20070308031011641 (more...)

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(4 comments)

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