MacMost Now 154: Finder Window Tricks

Learn how to customize the Sidebar, Toolbar and other parts of the Finder window. Also, announcing the new MacMost weekly email newsletter.

Comments: 5 Responses to “MacMost Now 154: Finder Window Tricks”

    15 years ago

    Hello Gary !

    I've to thank you for all your videos. It's always helpfull to get tips and tricks to be remembered from time to time. For beginners, so called "switcher", and even advenced users.

    In this episode your gave me the answer of a big question I got : How can I open one file file my prefered application. And that application have to be always available ? The tool bar of course !

    I'm using primarily linux as desktop computer at work. I'm slowly using both Ubuntu and OSX for now about a year (am I a switcher ? ) Im not yet really sure I'm "switching" from one OS to the other.
    Well.. on Ubuntu the contextual menu is customisable and you can add your own script (in Nautilus, the Gnome "Finder"). I was looking for something similar in OSX.

    Thanks and keep up the very good work !


    Jerry Hall
    12 years ago

    Re Full Path
    1. How do I enter the full path string when file name is requested on an upload? In windows I have a field at the bottom of the file manager that I can paste the name into. The finder type window that is presented to me in Lion seems not to have any such ability. I found Cmd Shift G seems to work. Is this the best I can do? Also, what is the general purpose of that command? It seems to come up whenever I invoke it, regardless of program.

    2. Conversely how do I retrieve the full path name string that I can copy from Finder when resting on a file? I would expect Get Info to give me that option but it seems not to.

    Your site is one of the shining lights of my pitiful attempt to migrate from Windows to Lion after being on Wintel since I think 1981. Love the hardware and ecosystem. Not at all sure about the hype on the MacOs. But I will persist.

    Thanks so much for what you do.

      12 years ago

      Command+Shift+G is just the shortcut for the menu Go, Go To Folder in the finder. Its purpose is for typing a full path rather than using the GUI to go to the file. There's not much point to it for 99% of users -- you could more easily use the Search box in the open dialog to get the file quickly by just knowing its name or part of the name.
      I don't know if there is a point to retrieving the path of a file you can already see. If you see it in the Finder, and you have an open dialog elsewhere, then just drag and drop. Drag the file from the Finder to the open dialog. You can always Get Info (Command+I) to get the full path if you feel like typing.

    Jerry Hall
    12 years ago

    Thanks Gary. I wasn't clear, and mine may be a rare case. When in Picasa Image Editor for example and I want to upload an image it is easiest to just right click, grab "Full Path" from Picasa and paste the path into the upload dialog, rather than rummaging thru all the arcane image file names to find it again. So I guess Command+Shift+G does the job OK.

    Similarly when rummaging around Finder looking at files, maybe across multiple Finder instances, and I find something I want to upload it is nice to just grab the path, rather than having to find it again from the upload dialog. Thanks, I see how to do that now from Get Info.

    Most likely I am just doing things in an arcane way and with a Windows set of mind for very special cases....

      12 years ago

      If you like it, then you should also turn on the Finder path bar too. View, Show Path Bar.

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