How to Use Finder on Mac

How to Use Finder on Mac

Hello dear Mac users,
As you know, Finder can be called Mac’s heart. It gives access to folders and files, shows windows and is doing everything while interacting with your Mac.
For Windows users or who have just switched to Mac, Finder will seem pretty similar to Windows Explorer which allows browsing the system. Still, Finder in more than just a browsing tool. Let’s take some time to find out how it works and what is it for.

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How to Use Finder Sidebar

This is a pane on the left of every window that provides quick access to disks, folders and locations, and many more.
It displays the most frequently used areas of Mac. I bet there is no Mac user who would like to turn this sidebar off, as you always see what you need or use the most. Still, you can switch it off, if necessary.


How to Use Tags in Finder (OS X)

Old users of Macs worked with labels for ages and they could be slightly disappointed by the fact those labels were removed in OS X Mavericks and newer systems. Apple introduces tags instead which is a more versatile function and allows effectively manage your working files and folders on Mac.
They help a user organize similar folders and files using one tag. Type this tag into the search bar and you will see everything marked with it.


How to Use Tabs in Finder

OS X has another great feature--Finder tabs. It looks similar to browser tabs as you see in Safari. The main purpose of tabs is making your desktop clear and not cluttered with tons of different windows. Nevertheless, each tab actually acts like a separate window, just looks better and more efficiently while organizing the working process.


How to Work with Loaded Folders

Mac users can easily manage spring-loaded folders by dragging and dropping them in Finder. A folder opens automatically when you hover over it with a mouse cursor. This makes the process easier than before.


How to Use the Path Bar

This is a pane at the Finder’s bottom. You can see the files’ path. Go to any folder, select ‘View’ and click on ‘Show Path Bar’. After you have done this, you’ll see paths for all files stored on your Mac.


How to Customize the Toolbar

Finder’s Toolbar is a collection of different buttons situated at the top of its windows. You can easily customize this area. The ‘View’, ‘Back’ and ‘Actions’ buttons are there by default. Additionally, you can add ‘Delete’, ‘Eject’, and ‘Burn’. So it is up to you to decide how it will look by selecting a specific set of icons, texts or both of them.


How to Use Views in Finder

Finder views are responsible for the way your files and folders look:

  • Icon;
  • List;
  • Column;
  • Cover Flow.

You may choose to work with just one view and get used to is, however, each view is convenient for displaying various file types, so maybe learning the strengths of each of them makes sense.

How to Use Spotlight Keywords

It may be not easy to control all your documents on Mac. What can be said of file names and their contents? It is impossible, especially if you haven’t used those documents recently and can’t get where it is stored.
The good news is that Apple’s Spotlight is a powerful search tool for Mac that allows looking for specific file names and pieces of content.
Moreover, it can search files by keywords, which may be associated with files. Such keywords can be added to the EXIF data of every file.


Smart Searches in Finder

It may seem that with every new OS, Finder’s features become more diverse and it gets new tools. Still, there are some features that pass away with every next release. 'Smart Searches' was one of such features, but the great news is that you can restore this one if necessary.
The tool allows you to see the recent files you worked with and shows all media information. It may be convenient for those who work with a large amount of data every day.


Finder Preview for Images

When this tool is on, you see a small preview for every file selected in Finder. For example, if you select an image, Finder will show its thumbnail in the preview zone. Unfortunately, you can’t see a larger image until you open it, but when using a Column view, you can zoom pictures in and out.