Tag Archive: Finder


Quickly Tag Files & Folders with a Drag & Drop in OS X Mavericks Finder

Tags in OS X File tagging on the Mac is officially new to OS X Mavericks, but those who have been using the Labels feature to help manage their files in prior versions of OS X will notice it’s actually quite similar. Basically you ‘tag’ a file, and then it becomes associated with that tag, allowing for easy file sorting, searching, and management. Tagging is easy to use, and what are  [Read More…]

Fix Finder Slowness & High CPU Usage Issues in OS X Mavericks

Finder icon Finder is the file manager in OS X, and it’s actually one of the oldest components of the Mac operating system, having been around since the earliest days of Mac OS. Despite it’s long history, many users who have upgraded to OS X Mavericks have discovered some peculiar behavior with Finder, where it can become extremely sluggish and slow doing when in use, even when doing just about anything. With  [Read More…]

Merge All Finder Windows into a Single Tabbed Window in OS X

Merging windows into Finder Tabs

Finder Tabs are one of the better Mavericks improvements brought to the OS X Finder in years, letting you use the file system in a single window view, with each open folder or directory path as it’s own unique tab. Used properly, Finder Tabs will prevent the enormous amounts of window clutter that can occur unintentionally when navigating around the Mac file system and juggling a handful  [Read More…]

Tag Files In Mavericks Finder Using The Keyboard

Mavericks’ new in-Finder tagging is great, letting you treat your files like you treat your Gmails and effectively keeping the same file in multiple “folders” at once. But actually tagging the files is still kind of a pain. Happily, Brett…Read more ›

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Quit Seeing ‘All My Files’ In The Finder – Change The Default New Window View [OS X Tips]

When you open up a new Finder window, at least in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, you’ll see a snapshot of all the files on your Mac. Apple calls this view, “All My Files,” and it’s a good way to…Read more ›

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Instantly Resize Finder Column View to Fit File Names in Mac OS X

Instantly resize Finder column view to fit file and folder names

Column View is one of the more useful file browsing view settings in the OS X Finder, but it has a usability flaw that’s initially visible to most users; file names and folders often don’t fit, thus they wind up truncated and become unreadable. Rather than dragging around every single column to accommodate the appropriate file size to make them  [Read More…]

Refreshing Finder Windows in Mac OS X

There is no refresh button or keyboard shortcut for the OS X Finder, something which can become a nuisance when a folder window or directory does not refresh contents after something has changed. That may be a fairly rare occurrence with a Mac built-in hard drive, but external drives and particularly network drives used for file sharing can often exhibit this behavior, where adjustments to the file system are not represented in the active Finder window.

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Use Spotlight To Find And Reveal Files In The Finder [OS X Tips]

Spotlight Find and RevealSure, there are quite a few keyboard shortcuts to navigate Spotlight, making it more of a power user tool than you’d think. Did you know, however, that you can reveal found items in the Finder using Spotlight? Me neither. So here’s how. Use Command-Space or click on the Spotlight magnifying glass in the upper right […]

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Merge Several Finder Windows Into One Tabbed Window With OS X Mavericks Beta [OS X Tips]

Merge All WindowsEver end up with a lot of Finder windows floating around your Mac screen? In previous versions of Mac OS X, the choice was to close them all with a keyboard shortcut, Option-Command-W, which will end all your Finder suffering in one short tap. In Mavericks beta, that still works. Yet Apple has also added […]

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Find Your Stuff – Arrange Applications By Type In The Finder [OS X Tips]

Application Type Arrange In FinderThe Finder in Mac OS X is specifically designed to help you find stuff. In any Finder Window, you can arrange the icons or lists of files alphabetically by Name, by Kind of file, by the Application that opens that file, by Date Last Opened, Added, Modified, or Created, and also by Size and by […]

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