Videos by Category: Finder

MacMost Now 533: Restoring Lost Dock and Finder Items
A common problem for new Mac users is to find an application missing from the Dock. Or, to find that it only appears when the application is running. Items can also go missing from the Finder sidebar or the desktop. This video explains why these can disappear and how to get them back.
MacMost Now 517: Simple File Compression In OS X
You can use Mac OS X's built-in file compression command to create a ZIP archive of a single file or group of files. This comes in handy if you need to send files to someone else or simply want to archive an old project.
MacMost Now 506: Finder View Basics
Learn how to use all four Finder view types: Icons, List, Columns, and Cover Flow. Each has its own uses and options.
MacMost Now 490: Tagging Files With Spotlight Comments
You can add tags to any file in Mac OS X using the Spotlight Comments field. You can then search for files based on those tags. This can help you organize your files when a simple folder system isn't enough.
MacMost Now 488: Automator Folder Actions
You can use Automator to alter what happens when a file is added to a folder. In this example, new files added to a folder are then sorted into subfolders according to their type. You can add multiple actions to a folder and then determine which order they are used.
MacMost Now 465: Creating Custom Folder and File Icons
Learn how to replace a folder or file's default icon with one from another file, or one you create in a graphics program. Find out how you can use a free graphics program to create your own icons and use them to make it easier to identify folders in the Finder.
MacMost Now 448: Default Folder X
The handy utility Default Folder X adds extra functionality to your save and open dialogs. You can quickly navigate to folders already open on your desktop, jump to recent and favorite folders, set a default folder for each application, and make changes to files you see in the dialog boxes.
MacMost Now 444: Airport Location Utility
The Airport Location utility allows you to take snapshots of your Mac's preferences and then manually or automatically switch between these preferences. This could save time if you use your Mac in different environments or in different modes. For instance, you could create snapshots for work, home, library or travel and then easily change dozens of settings with just one action.
MacMost Now 441: Searching With Exclusions
You can search for files in the Finder using exclusions to narrow your search. This can help when the results are too numerous. You can also use exclusions in iTunes and iPhoto.
MacMost Now 436: 17 Ways to Launch an Application in Mac OS X
You can launch an application using the Finder, Dock, keyboard, Terminal and even your voice. See how many of these you knew about.
MacMost Now 426: Exploring Desktop Backgrounds
Learn how to choose your own desktop background, use your own image as a background, rotate through a collection of images and other techniques. Also learn how to create a solid black background and use a third-party program to show video, animation or a web page as your desktop background.
MacMost Now 422: Mastering Mac OS X File Dialogs
Many take the file open and save dialogs for granted, but there are a lot of power user actions and keyboard shortcuts that can make these tools easier to use. You can navigate around your drive space with drag and drop, the keyboard, sidebar, the media browser and more.
MacMost Now 405: Stationery Pads
Mac OS X allows you to declare a file as a Stationery Pad. When you double click a Stationery Pad, instead of editing this file, you will instantly create a new copy. This is handy for making simple document templates.
MacMost Now 397: Mac Window Basics
Learn interface window basics like resizing, closing and opening new windows. Learn how the red, yellow and green buttons at the upper left of most windows work.
MacMost Now 386: Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
Learn about some handy Mac keyboard shortcuts and how you can get a free printable page of common shortcuts at
MacMost Now 373: Do You Need to Defrag Your Mac?
Defragmentation was a common technique among Mac-using professionals in the 1990s. But with Mac OS X and today's hardware, do you still need to run defragmentation software?
MacMost Now 366: Proper Use of the Trash
The Trash in Mac OS X is a failsafe device to prevent you from accidentally deleting items. But many people use it as a holding place for files that they aren't sure about. Learn how to use the Trash properly so you keep files around that you may need, and delete only the ones you are sure you want to get rid of forever.
MacMost Now 364: What Are Package Files?
Package files are somewhere between folders and disk images. The most notable one is your iPhoto Library, which is a collection of files protected inside a package file that you can still open and view. Installers are another common type of package file.
MacMost Now 358: Text Clippings
Text Clippings allow you to save pieces of text as small files in the Finder and drag them into text documents and fields. You can create them by dragging text from an application to the Finder.
MacMost Now 349: Fixing a Slow Mac
What to do when your Mac slows down. If you are experiencing a slowdown, there are several things you can check before having a pro take a look. Learn how to use Activity Monitor, Disk Utility and the System Preferences to look for obvious problems. There are also some other tips for clearing up trouble.
MacMost Now 347: Quick Look
Take a closer look at Quick Look, the ability to view the contents of a file without opening it. Just select a file in the Finder and press the spacebar. You can also navigate between files with Quick Look active, and browse around inside the contents of a file. Quick Look also works in Time Machine, Mail and iChat.
MacMost Now 344: Making Selections
On the Mac you can select single multiple items in the Finder or in applications in many different ways. Take a look at how selections work in a variety of situations using modifiers like the Command and Shift keys.
MacMost Now 321: Using Disk Utility to Format Drives
Learn how to use Disk Utility to erase and format an external drive. You can also create drives with multiple partitions.
MacMost Now 320: Simple Mac File Sharing
If you have more than one Mac on your home network, you can share files between them by simply turning on file sharing and browsing to another Mac in the Finder. You can also add additional users and set up shared folders.
MacMost Now 316: Trashcan Basics
Learn the basics of using the Mac trashcan to delete files. Windows users will find it is slightly different than the Windows recycle bin. This is an excerpt from the book the Guide to Switching to the Mac
MacMost Now 312 : Batch Rename Multiple Files
Learn how to rename a batch of files using Automator in Snow Leopard. You can quickly and easily create a workflow that will allow you to select a group of files or a folder and rename the files replacing or adding text, adding numbers or the time or changing the file extension.
MacMost Now 310: Searching for Files with Spotlight
Learn the basics about searching for files with Spotlight.
MacMost Now 302: Proxy Icons and the Title Bar
The title bar in Finder and document windows is more than just decoration. You can drag the proxy icon to copy or attach files. You can use the title to determine the file path and jump to parent folders.
MacMost Now 281: Using Aliases For Quick Access To Files and Folders
You can use aliases to create shortcuts to files and folders. You can also put aliases in the Dock and the Finder sidebar. Aliases help you keep your files organized while allowing for quick access to files you use often.
MacMost Now 276: Customizing the Finder Toolbar
You can customize the top of every Mac OS X Finder window adding useful buttons that perform common tasks. You can also add files, folders and applications to the toolbar.