New to mac, need info on Finder...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lazaruzz, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. lazaruzz macrumors newbie

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    Hi im new to mac been pc for years got tired of it and i like the new macbook so i went and got me one, and lost a leg and arm for it..lol Anyways i been playing around with the os for a week now but i still dont understand the folders in finder, the ones under search for? what are they and can i delete it it show all kind of pictures and files and stuff.. Anyone that knows mac can go into my laptop and see all my stuff at once.. so can i delete them or hide them some how.? also when i surf the web does it save the pictures from website there.? thank you..
     

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  2. srl7741 macrumors 68020

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    Try this

    Go to Finder (top left of screen) preferences-sidebar and remove the check marks from those categories. Those will not be displayed. As for the other Q's I will let other answer them b/c you will get a more detailed answer that may help more.
     
  3. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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  4. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    You can also just click the little arrow next to the "Search For" section and it will collapse all of the categories. As for deleting the Finder folders...you can't lol. If other people are going to be using your mac, set up a Guest account (System Preferences-->Accounts-->little '+' sign on the bottom left) and require a password to wake the computer from sleep (System Preferences-->Security-->top checkbox).
     
  5. decksnap macrumors 68040

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  6. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    yep. yet another person who will love enabling 'Private Browsing' ;)
     
  7. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    You don't have to delete your actual folders... the ones under 'search for' are just 'smart folders'. They can be dragged off of the sidebar and your porn directory with disappear in a 'poof' without deleting the actual files.
     
  8. iNash macrumors 6502

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    lol :D
     
  9. lazaruzz thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. snowmoon macrumors 6502a

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    Safari has a "Private browsing" mode which will prevent that session from being recorded after the the window has closed.

    If you want to keep the Finder sidebar the way it is but keep some crap out of it just go to "System Preferences -> Spotlight" and add folders to the Privacy tab. That will keep the documents out of smart folders and the search at the top right of the screen. You may also want to go into "System Preferences -> Appearance" and reduce the number of saved documents to none.
     
  11. lazaruzz thread starter macrumors newbie

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  12. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Not if you disable auto login and set a screensaver to launch after a specified period of inactivity.
     

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