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Four Finder timesavers every smart Mac user should know

Topher Kessler | Aug. 14, 2014
For some users, "organizing files" in the Finder begins and ends with creating folders and moving files into them. But there are a bunch of other things you can do to manage your files in OS X that, whatever your workflow, will make things way easier.

While Spotlight is the primary search option for OS X, you might find yourself using it only to find and open files directly in their default applications; many users forget that they can also use it to reveal files in the Finder. To do so, run your search, then use the arrow keys to highlight your desired file. Next, instead of pressing Return key alone, hold down Command key as you press Return. This will open a Finder window containing the file, and allow you to delete it, move it, open it in a non-default application, or otherwise manage the file directly.

Document path menus

Finally, if you're tired of navigating your file-and-folder hierarchy the old-fashioned way (by clicking on successive parent-and-child folders in the Finder), there's a quicker way to navigate: If you hold down the Control or Command key while you click on the little file icon at the top of document or Finder windows (or if you just right-click on it), you'll get a drop-down with the file's path. If you then click on one of the folders in that path, that folder will open in the Finder, with the appropriate child-item selected.

So, for example, if an open document resides in your username/Documents/Work folder, you can open that drop-down and select, say, your own home folder in the path menu. That will open that home folder in the Finder, with Documents folder is selected. Likewise, if you select the Documents folder from the menu, then it will open that folder in the Finder with the file itself highlighted. This last option is a quick and easy way to reveal a file on disk, so you can email, move, or otherwise manage it.

 

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