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This is the Mac equivalent of Windows File Explorer


This tutorial describes how to make use of Finder to manage files using a mouse.

Three ways to relaunch the Finder:

  1. Hold the Option key and right-click the Finder icon in the Dock, then select Relaunch.

  2. Press the command key with your right hand and option+esc key combo with your left hand for the Force Quit menu. Then select the Finder and click Relaunch.

  3. Click the Apple button at the upper-left corner to select Log out. Then log back in to your user account.

Open Terminal from Finder Folder

If you’re a developer, it’s hard to get away from using a command-line terminal. But if you’re using a MacOS just for social media, you won’t need a Terminal. That’s why it’s kinda buried:

  1. Click the Finder icon on the bottom.
  2. Click Applications on the left pane.
  3. Click Utilities.
  4. Click Terminal.

    This would place you at your user Home directory.

PROTIP: Since Yosemite, you can open a Terminal to a folder listed within Finder by pointing your mouse on it, then tapping with two fingers on the touchpad/mousepad.


  1. Click the Apple icon, System Preferences....
  2. Press K and select Keyboard.
  3. Click Shortcuts, Services.
  4. Scroll to the Files and Folders section.
  5. Check on New Terminal at Folder.
  6. Close the dialog by clicking the red dot at the upper left corner.

More on OSX

This is one of a series on Mac OSX: