Make Fin­der more pro­duc­tive

Learn about the short­cuts that can speed you around OS X’s file man­ager

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Fin­der fades into the back­ground to the point you of­ten for­get it’s an ap­pli­ca­tion. Yet chances are you use OS X’s file man­ager very regularly, in or­der to ac­cess files and fold­ers, brows­ing your Mac’s drives as you go. On that ba­sis, it makes sense to en­sure that Fin­der is as ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble.

In this tu­to­rial, we’re pro­vid­ing a plethora of tips, show­cas­ing many of Fin­der’s short­cuts and fea­tures that can speed up work­flow. But there are a cou­ple of things we didn’t have space for else­where, which we’ll cover right now.

In Fin­der’s pref­er­ences, two im­por­tant de­faults can be set. In Gen­eral, ‘New Fin­der win­dows show’ has ‘All My Files’ as the ini­tial se­lec­tion, but you can change this to any folder on your Mac. If, for ex­am­ple, you live in Drop­box, it would make sense to se­lect that folder, which would then be dis­played as soon as you open a new Fin­der win­dow. Ad­vanced has a sim­i­lar op­tion: ‘When per­form­ing a search’. This is set to ‘Search This Mac’, but can be changed to search the cur­rent folder or use the pre­vi­ous search’s scope, depend­ing on what you most of­ten do.

Now read on for many more tips about how to get the best out of the hum­ble Fin­der. Craig Grannell

It makes sense to en­sure that Fin­der is as ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble, boost­ing your pro­duc­tiv­ity

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