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This is the Mac equivalent of Windows File Explorer


Overview

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

Open Finder

The Finder program is the one program that one cannot remove from a Mac.

That’s why you will find it if you hold down command and press Tab until it rests on “Finder”.

PROTIP: To open a new instance of Finder with the cursor on the “Spotlight” search field within Finder, hold down the command+option keys with your left hand and press the Space bar with your right hand. Then type in the text or paste in the text being sought. Alternately, I can move my mouse to select from the Finder’s Favorites menu.

PROTIP: Use search terms to filter a particular kind of file and date:

kind:png date:today

“yesterday” or date ranges can also be specified:

date:1/1/16-12/31/18 christmas

Get out

With Finder open to a list of files and folders:

  1. For the Force Quit menu, press the command key with your right hand and option+esc key combo with your left hand. Then select the Finder and click Relaunch.

  2. To Relaunch, hold the option key and right-click the Finder icon in the Dock, then select Relaunch.

  3. To Log out, press shift + command + Q or click the Apple button at the upper-left corner to select “Log Out”. Then log back in to your user account.

More on OSX

This is one of a series on Mac OSX: