Mac Finder is the default file manager used on Mac OS and OS X operating systems. It is the first application a user interacts with after logging into a Mac, and as such it is responsible for the general look and feel of the machine. The Finder allows you to visually access practically everything on your Mac, including applications, folders, files, and DVDs. You can also use the Finder to organize all your folders and files as you need, search for stuff anywhere on your Mac, erase items you don't want, and more.
To order to access your files using Finder, just click on the Finder icon in the Dock, then click "All My Files" in the sidebar. In Mac Finder, the items are grouped into categories such as shared favorites, and devices. The shared portion contains computers that are connected to your computer though the network. The favorites portion includes favorite links to folders which consist of documents, desktop, music, movies, AirDrop, pictures, etc. The device portion contains mounted as well as accessible Volumes you have like hard drive, network volume, USB flash drive, DVD, and so on.
The Mac Finder consists of following options:
- Window close, minimize and zoom buttons: You can see three buttons on the left hand side of the Finder Window namely red, yellow, green. To close the window click on the red button and if you don't want to close the window but want it out of your way then click on yellow button to minimize the window. If a window is full of stuffs, you can resize it by dragging the lower-right corner to make it bigger otherwise click on green button to maximize the window's size.
- Action Menu - Quick access to Finder functions for highlighted items, such as Get Info, Move to Trash, and Services.
- Item Arrangement button - In any view, you can organize the window by clicking the item arrangement button and selecting one of the ways to group items.
- Search Field – Type a word or phrase and spotlight will search your Mac for any matches.
- Right pane - The contents of a chosen folder are displayed in this pane
- Devices – It consist of external storage device connected to your Mac computer, such as a USB device, DVD, or your Time Machine backup disk
- Back / Forward buttons - As you move to different places in the Finder window, you may use back button to return one step back and the forward button in order to go forward
- Finder window View buttons- It involves following views:
- Icon view: It is used to display the contents of your folder as a series of icons. In this type of view, you can view live icon previews that you can use to thumb through a multipage document or watch a QuickTime movie
- List view: This type of view can be used to display the folder in a spreadsheet-styled manner. You can easily sort by file name, date and so on. Select show View options from the view menu to add or remove attribute columns. You may change the sorting from ascending order to descending order or vice versa by clicking on the attribute column title
- Column view: This option is used to display the hierarchy of the folders where each column represents a folder
- Cover Flow view: This is used to display the contents of your folder just like the Cover Flow used in iTunes. You can preview images, movies and documents
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