21 Actually Useful Finder Tips And Tricks

Learn some useful everyday tips, tricks and techniques to make it easier to manage your files and folders in the macOS Catalina Finder. See how you can use things like Undo, Copy and Paste, the Path Bar, keyboard shortcuts and more to navigate around in the Finder and work with your files.

Comments: 15 Responses to “21 Actually Useful Finder Tips And Tricks”

    George Chapman
    4 weeks ago

    This is so funny and I embarrassed to admit it, but It says “Finder”. I have only ever used it to “find” a file that got dropped somewhere randomly and I could not “find” it. Like my printer would scan something and drop it into a spot I could never find, so “Finder” was the solution. You have opened my eyes! (Please! No judgment here people!)

    Bill
    4 weeks ago

    You do a GREAT job and VERY informative, but I find you go too fast, at least for me. I know you have lots of data to go over so likely cant slow it down. Thanks very much.

    4 weeks ago

    Bill: I let my enthusiasm show, yes. Plus, this is already the longest MacMost video (of all time?) so it is probably a good thing I didn’t go any slower.

    Don Palmer
    4 weeks ago

    It is amazing how much you covered in less than 12 minutes. The guidance you offer is immeasurable, greatly exceeding the “21”in your title. I will study this video frame-by-frame, trying not to miss a single tip. You have out done yourself again. Many thanks.

    Jan Hoyme
    4 weeks ago

    Quite a few new tips for me, so thank you. Like Bill, I found the information coming too fast for me and I had to pause the video. Any chance these tips could be available as a PDF?

    Tom Abbott
    4 weeks ago

    That’s what’s awesome about these videos: they are packed with all kinds of treats and you can pause, backup, and replay as needed to make sure you get as much as you want to get.

    Adjusting Video Speed
    4 weeks ago

    I also have trouble with video speed in Gary’s video, my old ears don’t hear as fast as they used to. One solution I use when watching Gary’s video is to slow the speed down by clicking on the small gear icon on the bottom right of the video window. There you will see an option to adjust the video speed. Hope this helps others.

    Hyacinthe
    4 weeks ago

    Thanks, Gary, for another incredibly helpful video. I’m a recent convert from Windows 10. A huge challenge for me in using Finder is the lack of ability to make the narrow left column wider. I have many files with long names or multiple versions of my novel saved by date, but I have to guess which ones I want because the columns are, as far as I know, immovable. Changing the sorting parameters doesn’t help, because sometimes I have to find one that I want to edit in the middle of the pack.

    Hyacinthe
    4 weeks ago

    I just wanted to add – I did not give up! After following your instructions for clicking on the column line nothing happened, but after clicking and clicking, I figured I had to position my cursor close to the very bottom to get it to work to widen the columns. Problem solved. Thanks.

    4 weeks ago

    Hyacinthe: Are you using an older version of macOS? That was true on older versions, but with Catalina you should be able to double-click on any part of the line.

    Tom
    4 weeks ago

    About the speed of the presentation. I too find it fast sometimes especially something I am really interested in since I like to pause the video ant try some of the tips. Pause and go back are invaluable to me. I think Gary is doing a great job.

    Jasper
    4 weeks ago

    You asked for Finder tips at the end: I find tags really useful. 1 get your tags visible in the side bar. This not only allows you to locate files/folder but allows you to easily tag untagged files/folders by dragging them onto the tag in the side bar, 2. Version control and avoiding duplicate: keep a single file but tag for 2 different projects. 3. “BinSoon” tag files that aren’t worth filing but you’ll need for a few days. 4. “Live” tags projects to get focussed on things that are current.

    Hyacinthe
    4 weeks ago

    Gary, I’m using Mojave 10.14.6 still. I’m travelling in Asia for a few weeks and didn’t want to take the chance that installing Catalina might cause problems beforehand. But the good news is, your tips pointed me in the right direction – again! Thanks.

    Fernando Gonçalves
    4 weeks ago

    A reminder to all – Often Gary’s videos are accompanied by a verbatim script of his comments/presentation.
    When I find a particular presentation interesting, I highlight the script, copy it, and paste it on a Page document on my now for consultation and or review at a later date. I often have also save the comment as a .pdf file and send it to my daughters if they need clarification(s). A “win-win” situation.
    Thanks for all your work, Gary.

    Bill Hamble
    4 weeks ago

    Another great video. I have now put the pdf file in the Finder toolbar so I can open it quickly to remind me of the shortcuts. Thank you.

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