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On a Mac, the Finder lets you locate, sort and organize files. It also provides access to external drives and directories.

It’s very similar to Windows Explorer on a PC.

If you’d like more information on the Finder, check out – Core Mac Concepts – Cleaning Up & Using The Finder Sidebar

In this post, we’re going to look at the 4 different ways the Finder can display information.

The Finder

Click the Finder icon in the dock. It’s generally on the far left side.

Mac OSX Finder On The Dock

A Finder window appears. If you don’t see a Finder window, go to the File Menu and choose New Finder Window.

On the Finder toolbar, you’ll see a group of 4 View buttons.

Mac OSX Finder - View Buttons

These 4 control how you View files and folders:

  • Icon View – Good for displaying information that you recognize visually, e.g.; album covers, comic books, graphic files.

Mac OSX Finder - Icon View

  • List View – Each file or folder is listed by Name, Date Modified, Size and Kind. You can add several other data columns – See View options below. Useful for locating files when you have limited information on what you’re looking for.

Mac OSX Finder - List View

  • Column View – Shows files and folders in hierarchical view. Generally the fastest way to navigate to a file when you know it’s location.

Mac OSX Finder - Column View

  • Coverflow – Useful when you want to browse through images.

Mac OSX Finder - Coverflow View

Even More Options To Tweak

In any of these 4 Views, a right click or Control click, inside the Finder’s main viewing window will bring up a menu.

Choose the last option, Show View Options.

Mac OSX Finder - Contextual View Menu

This will open the View Options Menu. Each of the 4 Views has it’s own menu options that let you change a wide range of settings.

Mac OSX Finder - View Options Menu

One Last Thing

In the Finder, go to the View Menu and choose Show Path Bar.

The Path Bar appears at the bottom of the Finder window and displays the path to any file or folder that is selected.

Mac OSX Finder - Path Bar

This is very handy if you use more than one drive, or have folders with similar names.

Once you know how to use these buttons, you’ll find it a lot easier to locate files.

If you have questions, please use the Comments section below.

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