TotalFinder Adds Tabbed Windows to the Mac OS X Finder
I love tabbed windows and I use them everywhere I can, whether instant messaging in iChat to hoarding sites in Safari. Now you can get tabbed windows in Mac OS X’s Finder! TotalFinder is a really cool app that brings full tab functionality to the Mac desktop, allowing you to not only create tabs of Finder windows, but also the ability to drag and drop files into the tabs (and thus, the folder), and you can create a new tab by just dragging a directory to the tab bar!
This is one of the best desktop hacks I’ve ever seen on a Mac, and based on the improved usability I wouldn’t be surprised if we see tabbed Finder windows in later versions of Mac OS X.
TotalFinder is actually a SIMBL plugin, and is still under development. Technically in alpha mode, it worked well enough to be completely usable and it didn’t crash on me during testing. I’ve seen a few user reported bugs when using the split window tab mode, but I’m sure they’ll be ironed out quickly by the developer.
If you’re a fan of tabbed windows and want that in your file system experience, don’t miss the TotalFinder app, it’s pretty fancy. You can check it out from the developer here:
Update: OS X Mavericks 10.9 and newer includes tabbed window browsing in the Finder by default, with no added utilities or third party apps required. If you’re wanting tabs with your Finder, simply updating to the most modern version of Mac OS X will add that feature for you without having to download anything else.