10 Essential Tips for Using the macOS Finder More Efficiently

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

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    The Finder is a classic Mac system component that's ever-present on your desktop, ready to help you find and organize your documents, media, folders, and other files. It's the smiling icon known as the Happy Mac logo on your Dock, and includes the Finder menu bar at the top of the screen.


    A lot of hidden power resides in every Finder window. In this article, we've highlighted some of our favorite Finder tips and tricks to help you work more efficiently with files and folders on your Mac.


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    Article Link: 10 Essential Tips for Using the macOS Finder More Efficiently
     
  2. jayducharme macrumors 68040

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    I never knew you could pin apps to a Finder window. Some nice tips. Thanks!
     
  3. chabig macrumors 601

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    “The easiest method is to right-click (or Control-click) the folder name and icon in the window header.”
    “...you can make the path appear by default in the window header.”
    “If you no longer want the path to appear in each window header...”

    Since 1984 this has been called the Title Bar. Maybe the next MacRumors tutorial should review names for basic screen objects.
     
  4. timmyh Contributing Editor

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    Thanks. I've changed these instances to title bar.
     
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    I’m getting old. I think I’ve forgotten more than I’ve ever known
     
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    thank you for this, I'm a relative newbie to Mac.

    few of these I had discovered already and few are handy tools.
     
  8. blaichch macrumors member

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    Shift + Command + . to show hidden files is also very important
     
  9. BrettArchibald macrumors member

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    Now this one I did not know. Very handy, thank you!
     
  10. smirking macrumors 65816

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    Wow, I learned something. Cool!

    My favorite tip wasn't included. You can easily rename a whole bunch of files in one go by selecting them all and doing Right Click -> Rename X Items.

    This will open up a dialog that allows you to set a common name for all the files followed by how you want the numerical indexing to work. You can group a bunch of images together and rename them something like "My_Vacation_2018-1.jpg, My_Vacation_2018-2.jpg, My_Vacation_2018-3.jpg" and so forth.
     
  11. NMBob macrumors 6502a

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    Yay! I guess I'm not an old dog. I learned some new tricks. Thanks!
     
  12. TheralSadurns macrumors 6502a

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    OMG. The list of 10 things I knew. Like all of them. But this. This is a real gem !!! How can I have NEVER heard of this before?! This is REALLY epic.
     
  13. JosephAW macrumors 68000

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    Since Mt Lion we lost the ability to always open in a new window without holding the command key when the side bar is visible.
    If you hide the sidebar then the finder restores this function.
    Also lost is the ability of a finder window to span two monitors.
    And how do you set the default to search by name and not by content?
    Also there is a way to add a "quit" menu using tinkertool.
    I always set my finder to show all hidden files.

    This is the logo that Apple should use when booting. System 8 logo.It's based off a painting.
     
  14. chabig macrumors 601

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    Awesome. Thanks for doing that. I gave you grief, but it really is better to use the accepted words.
     
  15. BrettArchibald macrumors member

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    By the way, if anyone is interested, I wrote a handy script / application to help organise your Mac's Finder windows just the way you want them.
    See more here:
    http://lonelymachine.com/finder-windows

    Feel free to share it if you found it useful. :)
     
  16. robertcoogan macrumors 6502

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    All of these will still work if you are using TotalFinder as well (I hate wide tabs!). ;)
     
  17. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

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    So it isn’t called, “That thing at the top of the window. Right there!!!”?

    Good to know. :)

    On topic, thanks for the tips! Learned some new tricks today! :)
     
  18. DanielDD macrumors 6502

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    Very useful keyboard shortcuts to navigate in finder:

    Cmd + up arrow -> go to enclosing folder
    Cmd + down arrow -> open selected item (works with folders and files)
     
  19. TheralSadurns macrumors 6502a

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    I actually have Time Machine there. So I can start it from the folder I am currently in. And also an Automator "App" that connects me to various servers :D

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  20. Music Ambulance macrumors member

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    Step one’s:
    double-click the bottom of the column divider

    Should read, ‘anywhere on the column divider’

    Also, why does the divider have thickness; it’s been 1px for years now. I sometimes see this old version kick in in random places but only rarely.
     
  21. Xavier macrumors 68030

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    It's funny because over time, Apple has chosen to hide most of these efficient features for the clean look. I use most of these on a daily basis.
     
  22. blaichch macrumors member

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    In my opinion this is why the Finder needs a major redesign. I always get jealous looking at other file managers like Files from Gnome 3, Dolphin from KDE or Pantheon Files from Elementary OS. They are very feature rich but still have a basic but efficient design.
     
  23. DrNevs macrumors newbie

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    If only there was a way to rename your favourites shortcuts in the sidebar without it actually renaming the folder itself
     
  24. DanielDD macrumors 6502

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    Workaround:

    1. create an alias
    2. rename it to the name you want in your favourites bar
    3. drag the alias to the favourites bar
    4. use termine to hide the alias
    5. profit
     
  25. DrNevs macrumors newbie

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    Genius workaround DanielDD :)
     

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