How to Use Finder to Get the Most of Your Mac

macOS finder

Freshmen should know everything about Finder to make their work with a new device as comfortable as possible. The tool helps to arrange the entire data.

Once your Apple computer is done with the booting process, you may notice a Finder app. This utility launches automatically. You can see a menu bar and the desktop below. There are windows and icons to display the information stored on your computer, iCloud, and other devices.

Launch windows and files

If you wish to launch a window and explore the items on your Mac, pick the Finder icon in the Dock. You can always change the properties of the pop-up window.

If you notice a doc, application, or another item that you wish to launch, just double-click it.

Change the way windows display files

In case you wish to see the items in alphabetical order, pick View → as List from the menu bar. It is possible to observe files in columns or use Cover Flow.

Apply the sidebar in windows

folders in finder

Explore the sidebar to see that it has shortcuts to AirDrop, folders that you use most of all, iCloud Drive, hard drives, external drives, etc. Launch any item with a single click.

In order to modify the files, select Finder’s Preferences. Next, pick Sidebar in the popped-up window. Another option is to drag the files into/out of the sidebar.

Use folders

To come up with a folder:

  1. Choose a place for a folder. It could be a Desktop or another window.
  2. Select File and go to the New Folder.

To transfer a folder/file to another folder:

  1. Grab the item in the closed folder.
  2. Another option is to double-click the folder to launch it, and then place the file into the folder window.

To modify a folder’s name:

  1. Pick the folder one time.
  2. Push the Return key, enter a new name, and push the same key once more.

Mind that you cannot rename all folders on Mac. There is no way to give new names to such folders as Applications, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Movies, and some other default folders.

Find files

To look for the files with Spotlight, pick the magnifying glass in the menu. Push Command and Spacebar. Spotlight functions like Quick Search on iOS devices.

To look for the items. Apply the search field in the window’s corner.

It is possible to apply the advanced search to make the process a bit more accurate.

Erase files

It is enough to drag the file to the Trashcan if you wish to get rid of it. It is there, in the Dock. Another option is to choose single or more items and go File → Move to Trash (Command + Delete).

To replace an item from the Trashcan, pick Trash to launch the tool, drag the file out of the Trash. You can also choose the file and move File → Put Back.

To remove the tossed away files, select File → Empty Trash. The storage space occupied by those files the turns available for other data. In macOS Sierra, it is possible to install your Mac to empty the Trash automatically.