15 Tips For Using Column View In the Mac Finder

If you use Column View in the Finder to organize your files, here are some useful tips. There are many ways to resize or "right size" columns. You can navigate and even move files with the keyboard. There are also some preferences you can set.

Comments: 8 Responses to “15 Tips For Using Column View In the Mac Finder”

    Robert Boswell
    1 month ago

    Does NOT work with Catalina 10.15.6.
    Cursor does NOT change over column lines.
    Column lines are double with shading, NOT single as shown in video

    1 month ago

    Robert: It sounds like you have System Preferences, General, Show Scroll Bars set to “Always.” Switch it back to “Automatically.”

    Bernard Remacle
    1 month ago

    When I press Option+Command+P in Column View, the Finder Preferences window pops up. If I select it from the View menu it controls the visibility of the Path Bar.
    However, sometimes the Option+Command+P combination shows/hides the Parth Bar in Finder.
    Why this erratic shortcut behaviour?

    1 month ago

    Bernard: I can’t think of why Option+Command+P would show Preferences. That’s Command+,

    Bernard Remacle
    1 month ago

    I cannot figure it out. Where on the Mac could I see a list of keyboard shortcuts and their mappings?

    1 month ago

    Bernard: There is no central list because they change depending on the app you are using. So in the Finder, they may be one thing, and in Pages they may be another. If you look in the menu bar you can see a pretty complete list be going through the menus.

    paul hershfield
    5 days ago

    When I attempt tp “place” a file or image in Illustrator or InDesign, the column view will not show in alphabetical order. I can find no wy to fix this. Any ideas?

    5 days ago

    Paul: Perhaps you have grouping turned on.

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