10 Finder Tricks

Take a look at 10 Finder tricks that will help you get the most from your Mac. Learn how to batch rename files, move files with copy and paste, skip the Trash and much more.

Comments: 9 Responses to “10 Finder Tricks”

    8 years ago

    Thank you!
    My favorite tricks are: 1) While searching a list of files, select a few files & press Cmd+R. A separate Finder window will display the actual directory each file is located in & each file is highlighted.
    2) Whenever Finder doesn't seem to be working correctly or when it is using a lot more RAM than normal, hold down the Control+Option keys & click on Finder in the dock & then you can click on the Relaunch option to refresh Finder. Plus, all the Finder windows/tabs are not affected.

    Clinton Hayes
    8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips Gary. I couldn't actually get the tip re immediate delete to work. Did you say hold down the Option key and it will change Move to Trash to immediate delete?

    Doug Brace
    8 years ago

    I think it should be mentioned that a lot of these tips can also be accomplished if you have your mouse or trackpad setup to recognize a "right click" (or "secondary click"), which is not the default for Apple pointing devices.

    If you want to enable "right click", go to "System Preferences" and then click on either "Mouse" or "Trackpad".

    "Right click" (or "Secondary click") is one of the first things I enabled in all of my Mac user accounts. This is a per user account setting.

    Doug Brace
    8 years ago


    For your number 2, if you have enabled "right click" (or "secondary click") you do not need to use the "Control" along with the "Option" key on your keyboard in order to have the "Relaunch" option to appear.

    When the "Control" key on your keyboard is used while clicking, it tells the Mac operating system that you are trying to do a "right" click.

    Patty Murphy
    8 years ago

    For months my finder has been opening with a whole list I don't need, and then I have to select "documents". Thanks to your tip I know have the documents immediately every time I open finder. Many thanks!

    8 years ago

    Clinton: Are you using the latest version of OS X?

    8 years ago

    Tip number six also allows you to click on the little blue man icon to get to the file you have selected in Finder Preferences.

    My best Finder tip is to select several items on the desktop such as several screen shots that I no longer need, and press Option-Command-Delete bypassing the trash altogether.

    8 years ago

    hi Gary
    been meaning to ask this for a while...is there a way in Finder to sort the view options such that the folders show up at the top of the list? Currently I do have it arranged By Kind, which puts the Files before the Folder (I'm guessing because it's done alphabetically). From an hierarchical standpoint it would be nice to have the folders at the top of the list. Thanks for your great videos!!

    8 years ago

    nick: Yes. It is a new option in macOS Sierra. I just mentioned it in this video: http://macmost.com/8-hidden-features-of-macos-sierra.html
    Basically, look for the option in Finder, Preferences, Advanced.

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