All operating systems have their sets of shortcuts and tricks to make their daily use a lot easier. For example, there’s Finder for Mac. You may not know how to use some of the Finder Tricks, but you know they’re in there somewhere. You’ve probably been too busy to find out what they are since you’ve been busy trying to make your Mac boot faster.
The idea is for the following Finder tricks is to make its use easier for you. So, the next time you use it, you won’t have to take the long road to do a particular task in Finder. The time you can, you can use that extra time for more important things like eating some excellent nachos.
Folder on Top Finder Tricks
If keeping folders on top is something very important to you, then I think you’re going to live this tip. Go to Finder > Preferences > Advanced > check on the option that says Keep folders on top when sorting by name. It would have been nice if this came a lot sooner, but hey, better late than never, right?
How to Show The Status and Path Bars
You should see the Path and the Status bars at the bottom of any Finder window. Thanks to these two bars, you see important information about your Mac.
You’ll be able to see the amount of items you have in a particular folder and how much free storage you have on your hard disk. The Path bar will show you the folder path of any folder or file that is highlighted in the Finder.
Both options are very useful, and you can turn them on in the View Menu. All you have to do is select Show Path Bar or Show Status Bar from the View in the Finder. You can also choose Command-/ or Option-Command-P if you want to hide and then unhide them.
How to Avoid Accidental Deletion of Files
I think it’s happened to pretty much anyone. You accidentally delete a very important folder. Once it’s gone either your life is over, and you’ll have to use those file recovery Softwares. Prevention is everything.
If you want to prevent that from ever happening to you, you need to lock your files or folders. To do this right-click on the folder and select Get Info. Under the General section, you’ll see the Locked option and an empty box beside it, click it.
You should now see a lock icon beside that files that tells you that it’s now locked. So, the next time, if you accidentally try to delete it, it will ask you for confirmation. If you ever want to unlock the file, just uncheck the Locked box.
How To Create Smarter Folders
Smart Folders are nothing but useful since they compile apps or files into one folder. These Smart Folders will have certain types of information that were set up by you and you alone. Creating a Smart Folder is very easy. Just choose New Smart Folder from the File menu in the Finder.
If you prefer, you can also select Command-Option-N on your keyboard and then type in a phrase, topic or other parameter into the search field. Keep in mind that you can also limit the search to only names of files by choosing Name matched on the menu that comes up and then clicking Name > Filename.
Easily Merge Open Finder Windows
If you have quite a few Finder windows open, your workplace can get pretty messy. If you want to get everything nice and organized, then this trick is going to interest you. In the menu bar, click on Windows and then on Merge all Windows. Now, your windows are perfectly organized.
How to Rename Various Files Simultaneously in Finder
It can be time-consuming to find a certain file when most of them have the same name. Maybe you were in a hurry and didn’t have time to individually name all those screenshots you took. To name various files at the same time select the ones you want to rename and then right-click or Control-Click.
Now click on the contextual menu item Rename X Items. The X is going to be replaced by the number of files you choose to rename. Now do a simple replace text name, add the text to the end of the current file name, or annex a number, date or counter at the end by using the pop-up menu you’re going to see.
Automatically Delete Trash After 30 Days
Having to much trash on your Mac is not a good thing. So, to have better storage management, why not delete the files after 30 days? If you didn’t have the need to recover them in the period of time, then there’s a good chance you’ll never need them. To enable this option go to Finder > Preferences > Advanced and check the box that says to remove the trash after 30 days.
Personalize The Finder Windows Toolbar
Most Mac users are happy with the default set at the top of any Finder window. But, if you ever need to change anything just right-click or Control-Click on any empty space in the toolbar and select Customize Toolbar from the contextual menu. After that drag and drop, all you want until everything is the way you like it.
As you can see there are plenty of things you can do in Finder. It’s a very handy tool that Mac users just can’t live without. It aims at making things easier for us, but you just have to know where to look to find these useful hidden treasures. Did I miss your favorite Finder trick? If so, let me know what it is in the comments.