Show the Path Bar in Mac OS X to Work Better in the File System

Jun 20, 2012 - 9 Comments

Show the Path Bar in Mac OS X

As you probably guessed, the Path bar shows the complete filesystem path to the current working directory in any Finder window. The optional window-dressing item has more use beyond that though, because not only does it show you the present directory, it’s also interactive. You can double-click the individual folders to jump directly to them, and you can even drag and drop files and folders to them, making it extremely easy to copy or move files to the parent folders or elsewhere within a complicated directory structure.

Enabling the path bar from the OS X Finder is extremely easy:

  • Pull down the “View” menu and select “Show Path Bar”

All new Finder windows will now display the path by default. Being able to manipulate filesystem elements directly from the bar makes this a generally more functional alternative to showing the path in a Finder windows titlebar.

If you rarely find yourself working within the root directories, you can also set the path bar to be relative to the user home directory instead of the root hard drive.

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

9 Comments

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  1. Greg says:

    I didn’t even know about this, nice little tip.

  2. andre_ says:

    I think it’s one of the ugliest OSX features…

    Much better to have the full directory path in the titlebar, as explained years ago here: http://osxdaily.com/2007/12/02/show-full-directory-path-in-finder-window-title-bars/

    The trick still works with Lion. ;)
    a_

  3. Theo Vosse says:

    I’m actually fond of it, but if I remember properly, it didn’t show up immediately when I switched it on (a long time ago). I had to close my windows or resize them perhaps, before it showed up.

  4. DD says:

    Very helpful, thanks!

  5. vdiv says:

    Why can’t the URL bar be at the top of the window like any sensible browser? Why can’t the user manually enter the path?

    • Theo Vosse says:

      You can. In the Finder: Go > Go To Folder (cmd-shift-G) and there you can type the path name of the folder. It even does auto-completion (when you hit the tab key, or when you wait a second). There probably has been a tip about it, here or on macosxhints.

  6. Td says:

    These tips are so helpful. Please keep them coming, even if they seem simple. Thanks!! Great Site

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