January 29, 2017

Five Finder Tips

Finder IconFinder Icon

The Path Bar Is Versatile

Path BarPath Bar

In the Finder, you turn on the Path Bar by choosing Show Path Bar from the View menu. Or press, ⌥ + ⌘ + P.

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You get the path of the selected file/folder at the bottom of the Finder. You can click on any part of the path to switch to it. You can right click on any folder and choose to open it in a new tab. You can drop files/folders on any part of the path to move them there. Makes navigating up and down the file hierarchy easy.

Tabs or Windows

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You can choose whether new Finder windows open in a new tab or in a new window. In Finder Preferences (⌘+, in the Finder). In the General tab, at the bottom is the choice of tabs or windows. Select this if you want tabs. Deselect for windows. If you are not accustomed to tabs, please try them. You might like them.

Where am I?

Command Click TitleCommand Click Title

You can hold down the ⌘ key and click on the title of a Finder window. You are going to get a drop down menu showing the folder hierarchy. You can select any parent directory to switch to it. Another way to traverse the directory tree.

Use Auto-Complete to Fill in Folder Names

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To switch to a different directory in the Finder, type ⇧ + ⌘ + G, in the resultant dialog box, start typing the name of the folder, the Finder will help you by auto completing it, hit tab and move on to typing the sub folder. Remember the shortcut for your home folder is ~.

Copy Path to Clipboard

In the Finder, select a file or folder, press ⌥ + ⌘ + C to copy the full path to the Clipboard. This is useful to work with directories in the Terminal. Remember to escape the spaces in your directory names with the  key.

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