How to Use 15 Mac Finder Shortcuts to Make Your Work and Study Easier

Xiaobai Software  2022-03-03 23: 00  read 216 views

You might be overlooking the importance of the Finder in your Mac.In fact, you can access everything on your computer through the Finder, including applications, documents, media, downloads, and other files.That's why mastering your Mac's Finder is so important.Next, we'll show you 15 tips and tricks for using the Finder better:

Set a default folder that appears every time you open a new Finder window

If you frequently navigate to a particular folder, you can set it as the default folder and click again every time you open Finder.Open the Finder menu in the menu bar and select Preferences.Under the General tab, you will see the New Finder window displayed, which defaults to All My Files.You can switch to the Home or Documents folder, or the folder you use most often.

Automatically delete items in the trash

If you often forget to clear the trash, click the Advanced tab in Preferences and you'll see a number of boxes to check, including delete items from trash after 30 days.This can help you avoid storing too many files in the trash.

Open a new Finder window

If you want to open another Finder window, you can use a keyboard shortcut to do so.Hit Command + N to open a new Finder window.You can also open a new Finder tab with Command+T, so you can view various folders in one Finder window.

Open a specific folder in Finder

Instead of finding a folder, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts to open a specific folder in the Finder:

Command + Shift + C: Top computer folder

Command + Shift + D: Desktop folder

Command + Shift + F: Recent folder

Command + Shift + G: Go to folder window

Command + Shift + H: Home folder of your account

Command + Shift + I: iCloud Drive folder

Command + Shift + O: Documents folder

Command + Shift + R: AirDrop folder

Command + Shift + U: Utilities folder

Command + Option + L: Downloads folder

Quickly search for a file or folder in Finder

In addition to clicking the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of any Finder window to search for folders, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + F to open the Finder with the search bar activated.

Show or hide the sidebar in Finder

If you need a clearer view in the Finder, use Command+Option+S to show or hide the Finder's sidebar.Hit Command-Control-T to add the selected item (usually a folder) to the sidebar.

Show or hide the path bar in Finder

Finder has another information bar in addition to the sidebar, and that is the path bar.It's a narrow bar along the bottom edge of the Finder that shows the folder path of your currently selected file.If you want to hide or show it, press Command+Option+P.

Get information about a file or folder in the Finder

Need more information about a file or folder, such as file type, folder size, date created or last modified?You can hit Command+I to open the Get Info pane for any selected file in the Finder.

Change Finder view

You can change the view of the Finder by clicking the four buttons in the menu bar at the top of the Finder window.Alternatively, you can use keyboard shortcuts:

Command + 1: Icon view
Command + 2: List View
Command + 3: Column View
Command + 4: Gallery View

Check your view options

Hit Command+J to open the View Options panel.This lets you choose the type of columns you want to see in the Finder's column view - date modified, size, tag, and more.You can set up different columns in Finder to display different folders.

Quickly view files without opening them

Normally we would double click on a file to view it, but there is another way to simply preview it.If you click a file once to highlight it, then hit the spacebar, you can see a preview of it.If you hold down Option + Spacebar, you can open a full-screen slideshow of the file.

Create a new folder

As with the desktop, you can use the Command + Shift + N keyboard shortcut to create new folders in the Finder.

Quickly delete files or folders

Instead of having to drag files to the trash in the Dock, you can select the file or folder you want to delete in the Finder and hit Command + Delete.Then, you can hit Command + Shift + Delete to empty the trash.

Add a file or folder to the Dock

You can use Command + Control + Shift + T to add a file or folder from the Finder to the Dock.It will be to the right of the dock's divider.

Customize the Finder Toolbar

From the menu bar at the top of the screen, go to View > Customize Toolbar and drag buttons in and out of the toolbar at the top of the Finder.If you find that you don't like the changes you made, simply drag the default settings back to the Finder to restore them.

Skilled in using Finder, you can quickly find what you are looking for on MacOS, which will greatly improve the efficiency of your work and study, allowing you to spend more time with your family and friends.




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