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Finder is probably the most basic app on macOS. Everyone uses the Finder differently, and you may not be aware of the many ways the Finder can help you work faster.
You might be surprised at some of the subtle ways the Finder helps you manage and work with your files to suit your particular work style. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-known productivity features.
One Window, Many Views
No setting is more polarizing among Mac users than the Finder’s default view. There are four types of him: icons, lists, columns and galleries.
Column view lets you keep track of where you are in the folder structure by opening each column from left to right.
Gallery view, on the other hand, is useful for folders that contain images because it shows a large preview of the files. You can switch between them using the button on the right side of the title bar.
click opinion -> Show display options A new window will open with additional settings. Here you can change to save the view type of the current folder by checking it. Always open in icon view upper Use as default button.
In icon view there is an option to check. Show item information, below the file or folder name, you can see additional information in blue, such as image resolution and the number of items the folder contains. However, this feature works only in icon view. You can also adjust the size and spacing of the icons.
Fast track to success
You can create a shortcut to any folder by dragging it to the folder. favorite A section of the left sidebar. You can also drag your favorites to reorder them.
If you want to remove it, right click and select Remove from sidebar.
To quickly see where a file is stored, select and hold the file. option key Shows the folder path to that file at the bottom of the Finder window.
When you let go, the path disappears.If you want to keep the path permanent, go to the menu bar and opinion -> show pass bar.
You can also click any folder in the path to move it, or right-click the folder name in the title bar to change levels.
If you need to copy the path of a folder, for example to paste it into a save dialog window, right-click the file or folder in the path bar and select copy “[Name]” as a pathname.
do not hide panes
One of the main time-saving features of the Finder is the Preview Pane. Here you can see information such as the size, creation date, and tags associated with the file, in addition to a small snapshot of the file’s contents.
To view the preview pane, go to the menu bar and click opinion -> show preview.
You can also customize the information displayed in the preview pane.go to opinion -> Show preview options View a checklist of available data.
At the bottom of the preview pane is a Quick Actions section that lets you work with files without opening them. For example, if you select an image file, you’ll see the following options: rotate left When markup.
Finder also allows you to customize or add your own.let’s see us main article See Quick Actions for more information.
A list of tags appears at the bottom of the sidebar. Tags are a way to categorize files and folders without tracking their location.
In list view and column view, tags appear to the right of the file name. It appears to the left of the file name in icon view and in the right pane of the file preview in gallery view.
To add tags, right-click the file in question and select one or more tags. To remove a tag, right-click the file and click Tag again.
You can rename a tag by right-clicking it in the sidebar. Rename “[Name of tag]>”Click a tag in the sidebar to see all files and folders on your Mac with that tag.
If you want to customize the tag, or if you don’t like it and want to hide it completely, finder -> Environmental setting -> tag tab. Here you can check or uncheck the tags displayed in the sidebar, or select your favorite tags. i.e.what appears in the shortcut menu when you right-click a file.
To remove a favorite tag, click and drag it. tag… Moving the bottom section into an empty space will cause a little smoke animation. To remove the tag completely from the sidebar, Side bar Click the tab to uncheck Recent tags.
The unobtrusive Finder app has a lot more to offer than you might think, so why not give these tips a try? I hope you found some additional features that you can use. After all, no one wants a frustrating workflow.