Open a Files Enclosing Folder from All My Files in OS X
All My Files is one of those features of Mac OS X that was somewhat controversial at first, but once you start using it often, you can stop sorting files yourself in the Finder and just let All My Files, search, and Spotlight manage documents instead.
Nonetheless, there are still times when you’ll want to know where a file is actually located in the file system of OS X, and there’s a very easy way to jump to a file or items original location right from All My Files on the Mac:
- Right-click a file and select “Open Enclosing Folder” (labeled as “Show in Enclosing Folder” in modern OS X)
You’ll be immediately transported to the folder containing the file you selected, with the originally selected document highlighted.
It doesn’t matter how the item is named in the menu option, the function is the same, it will open the selected item in it’s original location on the file system of OS X, where ever that may be.
This is not to be confused with the separate keyboard shortcut to jump to the parent directory of the current file or folder, which is also labeled as “Enclosing Folder”. That shortcut is dependent on the current directory, not the currently selected file.