How to Adjust the Finder Sidebar Font Size in OS X 10.7 Lion

Apple’s new version of their flagship operating system, OS X 10.7 Lion, has been released and users are already discovering some of the 250 new features available in this long-awaited update. Among these changes are Launchpad, Mission Control, full-screen apps, new multi-touch gestures, Resume, auto save, Versions, AirDrop, a new version of their included Mail program, and more. When it comes to the Finder, several of these changes are hardly noticeable – but one in particular was hard to miss.

The Finder hasn’t changed all that much in Lion, but there was one glaring change to the size of the font inside the sidebar in the Finder window. The icon/font size appeared to be different, and I immediately began searching for a way to change it back to where it once was. Thankfully, I found it nestled in the General preference pane, also known as the Appearance pane.

Here are the steps I took to set things back in order:

  • Open System Preferences and select General (or Appearance)
  • Adjust the size setting using the drop-down menu next to Sidebar icon size

You can navigate to this menu using Spotlight or any other app that helps you manage your system preferences. I found the small setting to be the closest to the original appearance of the sidebar as it appeared in Snow Leopard.

Overall, Mac OS X Lion is one of the larger updates to Apple’s flagship operating system. Unlike Snow Leopard, Lion brings forth some significant changes while giving users the ability to keep some of the settings that they have become accustomed to over the years (an ability to reverse the suddenly inverted mouse being one example). For users that have enjoyed the interface introduced with iOS, this update is sure to bring some consistency to your experience as an Apple customer.