Show Available Disk Space in Mac OS X by Showing the Folder Status Bar

Aug 5, 2011 - 24 Comments

In Apple’s quest to simplify the Mac user experience, they hid the windows status bar in OS X starting with Lion and continuing through with Mountain Lion and Mavericks. Obviously that change is here for good, and while this definitely makes for a cleaner appearance when looking at folders, if you actually like to know how much disk space you have available at a quick glance, it’s kind of annoying. Fortunately changing that status bar and available space indicator back to visible is extremely easy and just a quick toggle away:

Show available disk space and status bar in Mac OS X Lion

You can show the Status Bar by hitting Command+/ or by pulling down the View menu and selecting “Show Status Bar”

The folder status bar actually shows more than just available disk space, it will also give you the active folders item count, and give you the slider to adjust icon size. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a screen shot highlighting it:

Status bar in Mac OS X Lion Folders

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  2. oof says:

    thumbs up! i was bummed when they removed it and hadn’t realized they added the option until i read this post. thanks for the info.

  3. Michelle says:

    Bless you! This was driving me crazy!

  4. sven says:

    Lion almost drove me mad. thnx mate.
    it’s crazy not to have these things visible by default.



  5. Brad says:

    Whew! I was going nuts. I wish the updates were more clear about changes made and how to find what you’re looking for. I’m grateful for the help!

  6. Anders thomsen says:

    Thank you

  7. Alex Cormack says:

    Nice disc scan utility is Nektony Disk Inspector.
    It scans any supported drive and generates a chart representing the file system usage.

  8. Carlos says:

    Thank you! I asked the people at the apple store and they didn’t know how to enable this information on the window.

  9. Pete C says:

    you can also click the “Apple” menu >>About this mac>>more info>>storage

  10. JackO'193 says:

    I searched the Mac AppStore and found an app called Freespace. It displays all drives’ available space in the menu bar. I can also eject all my USB drives with single click.

  11. balthazar m. says:

    Thank you so much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Dave says:

    Thank you :)

  13. chirag says:

    thanks man

  14. Zack G. Zed says:

    Yes! I was kinda pissed when I upgraded and thought they had completely removed this feature, thank you!

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  16. [...] out of disk space is no fun and Mac users with smaller drives need to be particularly aware of available disk space. The OS X Finder Search feature can be used to find large files but if you’re really serious [...]

  17. GT says:

    Awesome! Thanks for posting this tip; was missing the info daily…

  18. Jerone Anderson says:

    Thank You. These new OS versions seem to hide more useful features than they add…. They add launchpad (useless) and eliminate critical data on file/disk usage.

  19. belsha says:

    Thanks so much !

    This also completely drove me crazy, since I would get these warnings about a full disk having to delete files in a panic each time, before, when the status bas showed by default, you would just start cleaning up the disk when it got below 10GB

  20. LWMx says:

    Thank you very, very much.

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  22. Randy says:

    Thanks SO much! Missed that info so much when I recently jumped to Mtn Lion until finally googled and found your article.

  23. Trixie says:

    Thank you!!!

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