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This article was published on February 10, 2021


This adorable macOS extension names new folders after birds

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This adorable macOS extension names new folders after birds
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Callum is an Englishman in Amsterdam, but not in the way you're thinking. He's the Editor of Plugged, TNW's consumer tech vertical. He w Callum is an Englishman in Amsterdam, but not in the way you're thinking. He's the Editor of Plugged, TNW's consumer tech vertical. He writes about gear, gadgets, and apps — with a particular focus on Apple — and also makes the occasional odd video. Basically, he's halfway between an abrasive gadget nerd and thinky art boy.

I’m an absolute sucker for cute, but ultimately useless, bits of software. With this in mind, may I introduce you to Bird Folder, a delightful macOS extension that names new folders after birds.

And, by god, I’m in love.

Once you’ve got it installed (more on that in a bit), using Bird Folder is a breeze. I merely click on this bit of my toolbar…

macOS Finder extension bird folder
IT’S THE FOLDER THAT HAS A BIRD ON IT

…and then a new folder appears named after a random bird. Some examples? I now have folders called “Red-billed malkoha,” “Zambezi indigobird,” and “Slender-billed greenbul.”

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The names of the specific birds are pulled from Wikipedia, and there are almost 10,000 possible outputs. Basically, you’re not going to be running out of names any time soon.

The Bird Folder macOS extension was created by Alex Tomlinson, who was inspired by a Tweet thread about the new folder naming habits of historic Korean computers:

The only way I can describe that is as truly delightful.

Anyway, because we’re here, I may as well give you a quick guide on getting the macOS Finder extension up and running. First, head over to the Bird Folder website, download the extension and copy it into applications.

Once you’ve done this, open Finder and right click (or control click, depending on how you like to refer to that action) on the toolbar. Then, select customize toolbar. You should see something like this appear:

bird folder macOS Finder extension new folders
SO MANY OPTIONS?!

From this point, you need to drag the Bird Folder icon from your Applications folder and drop it into that highlighted area of the Finder window. And that’s it!

All you need to do is press the button and a new folder named after a bird will appear on your Apple machine. What more do you want? Really, stop. I’ve got nothing else for you.

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