How to add tabs to Finder in OS X with XtraFinder

One of the time-saving features of the soon-to-be-released Mac OS X Mavericks is Finder Tabs, but you can add tabs to Finder right now with XtraFinder.

XtraFinder logo

Browsing files in Mac OS X's Finder isn't always convenient, which is why Apple has seen fit to add tabs to Finder in the upcoming release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Browsing files with tabs is easier and more convenient for heavy file operations because you don't need to open multiple Finder windows.

XtraFinder is an OS X app that replaces Finder and adds tabs. There are other Finder alternatives that support tabs, but XtraFinder is available for free. After installing XtraFinder, launch the app and enable tab support in preferences.

XtraFinder tabs
Finder tabs in OS X 10.8.5. Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

You can also create custom keyboard shortcuts, enable dual panel mode, reverse the text and background colors, and other options.

XtraFinder preferences
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

If you're waiting for Finder tabs in OS X 10.9 Mavericks, you might want to give XtraFinder a try. It's free and available right now.

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Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at



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