Finder on Mac (macOS): 9 Tips and Tricks

Finder provides file access, folders and drives of your Mac. Want to make working with him as efficient as possible and save yourself a lot of time? Use the tips below.

Default folder

If you often need the same folder, Logically configure the finder so, so that at the first start he opens it. To do this, open the program, in the menu bar select Finder, then Settings and Show in new Finder windows. In the drop-down menu, select the desired folder.

Quick return to initial (home) folder

If you are lost in the wilds of Finder and want to quickly return to your home folder (with user name), use the keyboard command ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + H.

Quickly delete files from Finder

Optionally drag and drop unwanted files and folders from the Finder to the Trash. More convenient way: select unnecessary files with the mouse (when selecting multiple files, hold ⌘Cmd or ⇧Shift), and then click ⌘Cmd + Delete. By the way: if you want to finally and irrevocably delete all files from the Recycle Bin, without even going into it, pinch ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + Delete (naturally window Finder must be active).

Finder Toolbar Customization

Open finder, in the menu bar select View → Customize toolbar. Drag new shortcuts to the top panel of the Finder and delete unnecessary ones. If you don’t like the final version – just drag the Finder option onto the panel «default» (he is at the very bottom). Another here and another useful setting – whether to display an icon with an explanatory caption to it or without.

That you can also place folders and applications on the toolbar (just drag the desired content to the panel).

Quick Look Slideshow

You should leave the icon in the toolbar Quick Look (aka Quick view, looks like a human eye). It’s easy to preview files with it, without going into a specialized application. Quick browsing also works by pressing a key Space.

But did you know, what, if you select multiple objects (eg, photos) and click on the full screen button in the upper left of the Quick Look window, then the mode starts slide show of your pictures? Another way to go full screen – before pressing the Quick Look button, hold down the key ⌥Option (Alt).


We will repeat, which is the easiest way to start viewing multiple pictures in Quick Look – select the necessary files and press the key Space. For full screen slideshow, click ⌥Option (Alt) + Space.

Resize all columns at once in Finder

Often you have to change the size of one column, and then fine-tune everyone else? Enough tolerating this! Hold down the key ⌥Option (Alt) and start moving one column — after it, the rest will automatically adjust.

Rename multiple files at a time

Beginning with OS X 10.10 Yosemite Apple’s desktop OS has the ability to quickly edit multiple files at once. Open Finder, select files, right-click on them and click on Rename Objects (in brackets – number of objects). Via the drop-down menu you can change the current file name (Replace text), add text to current title (Add text) or choose your own format (Format).

Shortcut for adding files to the Favorites panel

Favorite – side panel Finder, which contains the folders and files you need (My files, iCloud Drive, Programs and others. in the screenshots above). How to add new content here? You can drag the items you are interested in with the mouse – or you can select a file or folder and use the command ⌘Cmd + Ctrl + T.

To delete files and folders from Favorites, just drag them from the side menu to any other place. Another way – click on an item right mouse button and select Remove from side menu.

Smart folder

Smart folders automatically use search to collect files by type and attribute. macOS updates them immediately when changed, adding and deleting files on a Mac. Why are they needed in real life?? This is the same spotlight search, only more «advanced».

Through the smart folder you can find, for example, films – and only movies, filtering in the settings similar torrent files by name. For those, who are constantly looking for the same thing, and doesn’t want to waste time – real find.

How to create a smart folder? Open Finder, in the menu bar select File → New smart folder (or use «Hotkeys» ⌥Option (Alt) + ⌘Cmd +N).

Another way – just open the Finder and enter the search query in the same search box, so you create a smart folder by keyword.