How to disable the Finder’s ‘Go to Folder’ option.

Here’s another nice little tip in my ‘How to Disable Series’!

The OS X Finder’s ‘Go to Folder’ menubar option allows a user to enter the path to any folder in the file system, whether it is visible or not. This can be a dangerous thing if users know what they are looking for!

If you decide that you don’t want users to be able to access the OS X Finder’s ‘Go to Folder’ menubar option as shown below, this can be disabled.

How to disable the Finder's 'Go to Folder' option.

To remove the ‘Go to Folder’ option, all you need to do is enter one line of command in the Terminal application (from /Applications/Utilities/) as shown below :

defaults write com.apple.finder ProhibitGoToFolder -bool true && killall Finder

Notice the ‘Go to Folder’ option is now missing and also the hot keys of ‘SHIFT’ + ‘COMMAND’ + ‘G’ do not work either:

To remove the 'Go to Folder' option,

If you do want to revert back to the default setting, just enter the following command:

defaults write com.apple.finder ProhibitGoToFolder -bool false && killall Finder

Disclaimer:

While the author has taken care to provide our readers with accurate information, please use your discretion before acting upon information based on the blog post. Amsys will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.

This feature has been tested using OS X v10.8.3 which was the latest Mac OS release at the time of writing and also using the latest Internal and external Apple keyboards.

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