Enable this group policy to configure Finder preferences on Mac OS X 10.9 and below, including whether to use normal or Simple Finder, which items to show on the desktop, how a new window behaves, and whether to show filename extensions and the Empty Trash warning.
- Finder type
Select the normal Finder or Simple Finder as the user environment:
The normal Finder looks and acts like the standard Mac OS X desktop.
Simple Finder removes the ability to use a Finder window to access applications or modify files, which limits users' access to only what is in the Dock. In addition, if you enable Simple Finder, users can't mount network volumes, create folders, or delete files.
- Show these items on the Desktop
Choose whether users see icons for local hard disks, external disks, CDs (DVDs and iPods), and connected servers on the desktop.
If you hide them, icons for disks and servers still appear in the top-level folder when a user clicks the Computer icon in a Finder window's toolbar.
- New Finder window shows
Select 'Home' to show items in the user's home folder, or select 'Computer' to show the top-level folder, which includes local disks and mounted volumes.
- Always open folders in a new window
Select this option to display folder contents in a separate window when a user opens a folder.
- Always open windows in column view
Select this option to display folders in column view, which maintains a consistent view across windows.
- Show warning before emptying the Trash
Select this option to display the normal warning when a user empties the Trash, or deselect it if you don't want users to see this message.
- Always show file extensions
Select this option to show filename extensions (such as .txt or .jpg) that identify the file type, or deselect it to hide filename extensions.
Once enabled, this group policy takes effect when users log out and back in.