Can I go 'up a folder' in finder?

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  1. chadi macrumors member

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    Good Evening,

    Day by day I'm getting better aquainted with the Mac OS, however a few things are much more difficult to do then I am used to...so that usually (and so far in my experience) means that I just dont' know how to do it.

    In finder I can go back a directory...but if I say right click --> show in finder a file can I go 'up' a directory like I would in Windows Explorer?

    Thanks for your help on this and many more completly n00b questions,
    Chad
     
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Try Command-Up arrow.

    You can use Command-Down arrow to go into folders as well as opening files/programs.
     
  3. psychofreak Retired

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    In Finder, go to View->Customise toolbar... and put a 'Path' icon in the toolbar :)
     
  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    It's built into the finder. Command (Apple button) + Click on the icon on the top middle of the finder window and you'll get a list of recent folders all the way back to the root.
     
  5. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, that's the best. I'd like to add that the little icon can also be dragged. In the screen shot the 'untitled folder' icon is being dragged and dropped into an the App folder. This works for many individual application windows too.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. chadi thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys.

    Now how about having it so my network shares dont dissappear after I reboot :) Can I do it without writing a custom script to mount them?
     
  7. andrewag macrumors 6502

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    You could set up an alias and just double click on that to mount them.

    Add the alias' as startup items.

    Saves a script ;)
     
  8. chadi thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you sir :D

    Now I'm down to only a few minor things (if you don't count my M-audio products and their garbage drivers / QC...but that's not apples fault and I had similar problems on the PC).

    The cd-rom in any notebook always bothers me...the one in the MBP seems to bother me more than most though in that a lot of times it gets a cd in there and is unable to read it and refuses to give it back to me...can't eject when it's in use etc; etc; ... on a regular old PC laptop with a pop out cd tray you can force eject it while it's 'doing something'.

    I'm sure there isn't a way to take care of this issue so I'll end up either just getting used to it being problematic or ordering an external.

    It most often occurs when I'm ripping my cd's into iTunes...if it can't read it right it just eats the cd and I have to fight to get it back out by doing a bunch of inventive things which ultimately results in me just rebooting it after getting fed up with it...
     
  9. firefire macrumors newbie

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    Going "up" a folder with BetterTouchTool

    My apologies for reviving this dead thread. I liked gauchogolfer's use of Command + up, and set that to a three finger swipe up for Finder in the BetterTouchTool. When combining that with left and right swipes to go back and forward, I think I can navigate Finder much more easily.
     
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    I know you've gotten an answer that seems to satisfy you, but I fail to see the difference in the two things mentioned there. They're just different ways of saying the same thing, aren't they? Clicking the < arrow in the tool bar produces the same result as the Comand-Up Arrow or Command-click on the window name or icon suggested above.
     
  11. Mal macrumors 603

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    Actually, that's not 100% true. It's possible to get to a folder without having gone through it's parent folder(s). Sometimes it's quite useful to go up a level in the directory. I use the Cmd-Up Arrow shortcut on a daily basis.

    jW
     
  12. Wolffie macrumors regular

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    Thank you!

    Thank you for reviving this thread. I have been trying to find the correct search terms for this action. Google has not been helpful.

    Gregg2 your suggestion only helps when you have step by step-ed to that location, not when you jump directly to the folder. It's a where you have been button not so much a back or decrease one level button.
     
  13. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Ah, ok. I get that. Thanks!

    How do you do that? I'll use cascading menus to "skip" folders, but I sense that this really isn't what you're saying.
     
  14. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    by using the search function to search for a file for example.
     
  15. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Ok. I always "drill down" to the file I want. I've wasted exactly 47 minutes and 14 seconds of my life doing it that way, plus the 15 minutes it took to calculate that. ;)
     

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