Show Available Disk Space in Mac OS X by Showing the Folder Status Bar
In Apple’s quest to simplify the Mac user experience, they hid the windows status bar in Mac OS X starting with Lion and continuing through with Mountain Lion, Mavericks, OS X Yosemite, El Capitan, and Sierra. Obviously that change is here for good, and while this definitely makes for a cleaner appearance when looking at folders on the Mac, if you actually like to know how much disk space you have available at a quick glance, it’s kind of annoying.
Fortunately, if you want to see those status details of any Finder windows, including the disk space and file counts of an active folder or directory, you can change the status bar visibility and make the available space indicator visible again. This is extremely easy and just a quick toggle adjustment away.
How to Show Finder Status Bar in Mac OS
Mac users can show the Status Bar in the Mac OS X Finder in one of two ways, either in the view menu as described:
- Go to the “View” menu from the Mac OS X Finder and choose “Show Status Bar”
Or you can toggle the Finder status bar on or off by using a command keystroke, simply by hitting Command+/ – this will either show or hide the status bar depending on what is currently set.
The folder status bar actually shows immediately in all windows once it has been made active, and more than just available disk space is displayed, 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 the details in the status bar, note the difference is the bar visible at the bottom of the Finder window, which was omitted in the prior screen shot as it was hidden:
If you decide you don’t want to have the status bar visible in Finder windows again, simply hit the command keystroke again to disable it, or deselect it from the View menu so that it’s hidden again.