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In Windows, it's easy to grab a bunch of files up to a size limit.

Just keep selecting and look at the bottom of explorer where you can see the 'selected files combined size'

There appears to be no way to do this in finder except for option + cmd + I, which means you have to keep redoing it. You don't get it in the 'dynamic' style like you do in windows.

What's the workaround?

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The Inspector has this functionality in Finder. Instead of Command-I for get info, add the option key to use the inspector and select multiple items to get a quick summary of space (Command-Option-I)

The inspector window is dynamic and summoned with these keys + + I

A brief history of the get info and inspector is maintained here.

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You should accept this answer. –  CajunLuke Jun 5 '12 at 21:19
    
No. Because I want to see the size of individual items appearing in a column in finder. I don't want to have to select a bunch of items and then see the aggregated values. –  adolf garlic Dec 13 '12 at 10:44
    
But you said in your question that in Windows you "look at the bottom of Explorer", and that's what you want in Mac. You never mentioned the size column, which you can easily get if you use List view in the Finder. –  CajunLuke Dec 13 '12 at 15:26
    
ah sorry, too many windows open :) It's not really the same as you (surely) have to keep selecting files, going to the props, checking to see if it is within your size limit, then repeating the process –  adolf garlic Dec 13 '12 at 16:11
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