Command-Click in Finder Window to Get Path & Navigate to Enclosing Folders

Mar 19, 2007 - 3 Comments

Finder icon Need to quickly see where you are in the Finder by showing the current windows path?

There are a few ways to do this in Mac OS X, and we’ll show you a great trick that’s super easy to display the path itself, but first here’s one such method from Lifehacker, who posted the following Mac tip about including a specific Path button in Finder windows:

“One of my main complaints about Mac’s Finder versus Windows Explorer is the inability to move up and down a folder tree easily. However, Finder’s Path button lets you do just that. The Path button isn’t included on the Finder toolbar by default, but you can add it by Ctrl-clicking and choosing “Customize Toolbar.” Then drag and drop the Path button – which kind of looks like a staircase – onto the toolbar. From there, use it to see where you are in the folder tree, and move up to enclosing folders in a click.”

That will enable a path button and it’s a great tip, but… there is an easier way to see the path details, and even navigate within the file system through the path structure: Just Command-Click on the Finder window’s titlebar to get the same path on the Mac.

You can then select any of the directories within the pulldown path menu to instantly jump to that directory. Keep in mind that you can navigate down to parent directories this way, but not to child directories, which is best handled through the traditional OS X File browser (you know, just double-clicking a folder to open it like usual).

This nifty path trick also works in some other applications too, particularly the ones from Apple, but many third party developers also include the support in their own Mac apps too. Try it out!

Want to learn more? Don’t miss these 9 tricks for improving your Mac file system experience and to help master the Finder in OS X, you’ll be close to power user status in no time.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. debacle says:

    you’d really think that the people over at LifeHacker would have known this considering its been a part of the Mac OS for as long as I can remember, what a bunch of goofs!

    maybe theyre just new to Mac? Switchers are often smart but don’t know all the secrets the long-time faithfuls know.

  2. In the Finder
    Command + Up = Go Up One Level
    Command + Left Bracket = Go Back
    Command + Right Bracket = Go Forward

  3. deck2 says:

    ha ha, i knew this tip and its very usefull and i think better than win explorer, as i work on both platforms (i have to) i use both of them every single day and finder is much better app than explorer ever be. cmd+click title bar is best way to find where you are plus i can use cmd+3 and see everything clealry. i agree with debacle : they are new to mac :)))

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