If you’re a Mac user, you’ll spend a lot time in the Finder, the part of the operating system that manages files. You may think you know all there is to know about it, but Finder is a complex app, with many shortcuts. Below are just a few.
Customising the Finder Sidebar
When using Finder, it’s useful to have things that you use often in the sidebar to save time. To do this you can simply drag folders/images into the sidebar and rearrange the order as required.
This allows you to view a document or image up close without having to open the associated app. (You do this by hitting the space bar when you have a file or files highlighted in the Finder.)
You can also get a full-screen slideshow, with an available index sheet, by using Alt > Space Bar with several files selected. You’ll be able to scroll through all images using the arrow keys (onscreen or on your keyboard) and if you click the little Index button, you’ll see all your selected files on one screen. Then click on the one you want to see full-size, or use Esc to get back to the Finder.
Get Your Home Directory in the Sidebar
Your Home folder contains all your documents, photos, music etc. It makes sense to have this in the Finder sidebar, as this is a collection of things you use often.
To make the Home folder appear, choose Preferences from the Finder menu (or use Cmd > Comma when you’re in the Finder). Then tick the box on the left of your Home folder’s name. You can then move this around within the Finder sidebar.
Setting Your Default Folder
When you open a new Finder window, it defaults to a specific folder. If you want a different folder to appear when you open a new Finder window, click on the Finder menu, then Preferences (or use Cmd > Comma when in the Finder). You can choose any folder from the drop-down menu.
Batch Renaming Files
Do you have multiple files you need to rename?
All you need to do is select all the files you want to rename, then right-click on any of them. Then select ‘Rename X Items’, where X is the number of files you’ve selected. Then you can do a simple replace text rename, add text to the end of the current file name, or append a number, counter or date at the end using the pop-up menu.
There will be times when even the hardiest app on your Mac, the Finder, will freeze or crash. Before restarting your Mac, try to relaunch the Finder.
It’s just like Force Quitting an app, use Alt > Cmd > Esc to bring up the Force Quit options. You may need to Cmd > Tab your way to a different, non-crashed app first to see it. Once you see the options box, highlight the Finder in the list and click Relaunch. This can save you time as you won’t always need to restart your Mac.