A Step in the Right Direction of Restoring the Proxy Icon to Its Rightful Place of Glory

I’ve written before about my biggest gripe with Big Sur being the unnecessary cuteness of hiding the proxy icon and requiring a delayed mouse hover to get it back. Holding down the shift key makes the proxy icon appear immediately when you hover near, which is an improvement. Herman van Boejen (via Brett Terpstra) has figured a way to remove that initial delay so the icon animates in as soon as you get near the document name. Here it is:

  1. Open Terminal App

  2. Paste this: defaults write com.apple.Finder NSToolbarTitleViewRolloverDelay -float 0

  3. Press Enter

  4. Type: killall Finder

  5. Press Enter.

This solution is an improvement, but what I’d really like is for the proxy icon to just be there.

Taming the Terminal: Free eBook on Learning to Use the Mac Terminal

Allison Sheridan and Bart Busschots did a series on Allison’s podcast about using the Mac Terminal. I remember thinking at the time how brave they were to talk about something so technical in the audio format, but Allison and Bart got it just right. Now they have released the series as a free eBook on the Apple Book Store, or if you’re interested in other formats like PDF, HTML, or Kindle, you can find it at podfeet.com/tttbook. If you would like some help getting started with Terminal, this is a great resource (and weekend project).