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The default finder window looks like this:enter image description here

If I click on the folder name (AdventOfCode) twice, first a popup with the path opens, and then the directory icon stays, until I click again or move out of the "label area".

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Does anyone know how to avoid the hiding of this icon?

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You can revert application toolbars to their 10.x look by setting NSWindowSupportsAutomaticInlineTitle. To set this for Finder, use com.apple.finder as the domain.

Disclaimer (from the comments):

I always wish “killall Finder” had a disclaimer. It’s safer to log out and back in since killing finder can interrupt copies, spoil mounted share and other such items... they are clearly edge cases...

defaults write com.apple.finder NSWindowSupportsAutomaticInlineTitle -bool false
killall Finder

Or if you want to set it for all apps:

defaults write -g NSWindowSupportsAutomaticInlineTitle -bool false

and restart that app or log out and back.

From my answer to a similar more generic question: Revert UI on Big Sur?

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    I always wish “killall Finder” had a disclaimer. It’s safer to log out and back in since killing finder can interrupt copies, spoil mounted share and other such items... they are clearly edge cases...
    – bmike
    Dec 26, 2020 at 23:21
  • I usually prefer to hit cmd-option-esc and Relaunch Finder.
    – noamtm
    Feb 17, 2021 at 10:25
  • I lived with grg's answer for quite some time. But I still love the minimal style of Big Sur at the same time. Then I discovered an option in Onyx, turn off delay of displaying the proxy icon. This option immediately show the directory icon as soon as mouse is over there. I think you'll like it better too.
    – VOX
    Aug 15, 2021 at 19:51
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    @VOX and you don’t need Onyx for that! apple.stackexchange.com/a/419355/37797
    – grg
    Aug 15, 2021 at 19:52
  • As of Monterey this isn't working :( But this answer mention Monterey specifically, it's an Accessibility setting now apple.stackexchange.com/a/419355/116544
    – lewis
    Jan 16, 2022 at 18:47
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Enable "Show window title icons" option from "System Preferences" app => "Accessibility" => "Display" Section. [Refer screenshot] [Only available in Monterey macOS, not in Big Sur macOS]

Accessibility options

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  • Thanks! I'm on 11.6 (20G165) and the option doesnt' exist. I assume you are running Monterey? :-D May 11, 2022 at 13:18
  • On Ventura, macOS 13, this is in System Settings → Accessibility → Show window title icons.
    – Nate
    Mar 3, 2023 at 15:47
  • On Sonoma this is in System Settings → Accessibility → Display → Show window title icons
    – Bobík
    Apr 19 at 14:42

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