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How to Copy a File Path as Text from Mac Finder in Mac OS X

Nov 5, 2015 - 21 Comments
Copy a file path to clipboard in Mac OS X as the complete path name

Advanced Mac users who need frequent access to a files complete path in macOS and Mac OS X may find themselves turning to the drag & drop Terminal trick or performing a variety of other tricks to copy an items path, but with OS X 10.11 and later, there’s a new native Copy Pathname option … Read More

Use “Keep Both” to Merge Same Name Files into Single Folder of Mac OS X

Aug 10, 2015 - 5 Comments
Hold OPTION key to reveal 'Keep Both' files option in Mac Finder

The Mac Finder offers a variety of methods of merging two folders contents together into a single directory. One option allows users to join different directory contents together that contain files with the same names, using the ‘keep both’ function in OS X Finder.

How to Search & Find Specific File Types & File Formats in Mac OS X

Aug 3, 2015 - 11 Comments
Search Spotlight for a file kind match in Mac OS X

Mac users who are searching for specific file type and file format matches on their computer can make the job dramatically easier by issuing proper search operators to the Find functions in Mac OS X. File type search operators can be used directly in Spotlight and also in the Finder based search function, and they … Read More

2 Ways to Copy Files to iCloud Drive from Mac OS X Finder

Jun 19, 2015 - 33 Comments
How to copy files to iCloud Drive from the Mac with a drag and drop trick

iCloud Drive supports direct file transfers from the Mac, meaning you can take just about any file, folder, document, or item stored in Mac OS X, and copy it over to iCloud Drive, where it will be stored and accessible by your other Macs and iOS devices using the same Apple ID. Using iCloud Drive … Read More

How to Batch Rename Files on Mac OS X Easily from Finder

May 28, 2015 - 42 Comments
Batch Rename Files in Mac OS X Finder

Modern versions of Mac OS X include a built-in batch file renaming tool that allows Mac users to instantly rename large groups of files, folders, photos, or anything else residing on their file system in a single action. This bulk rename item utility is part of the Finder, meaning there are no add-ons, downloads, or … Read More

How to “Show In Finder” the Original File in Photos App for Mac OS X

Apr 22, 2015 - 128 Comments
Show Referenced File in Finder from Photos app of Mac OS X

The ability to quickly jump to a photo in the Finder file system of Mac OS has changed in the new Photos app. For now, the traditional “Reveal In Finder” option in Photos app for Mac OS X is missing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show the original file in the Finder or access … Read More

Resolving Finder Problems in Mac OS X

Apr 10, 2015 - 94 Comments
Finder of Mac OS X

Some Mac users may occasionally run into issues with Finder, discovering that Finder will misbehave wildly, sometimes becoming very slow and unresponsive, crashing, or using inordinately high CPU. Given that Finder is a critical component of the Mac and nearly all Mac OS users rely on it for file system navigation, Finder trouble can be … Read More

How to Fix Error Code 36 in Mac OS X Finder

Feb 21, 2015 - 67 Comments
Fix error code 36 in Finder of OS X

On some rare occasions when trying to copy files, Mac users may encounter “error code 36”, which completely halts the copy or move process in the Mac OS X Finder. The full error is usually read as “The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “FileName” can’t be read or written. (Error code … Read More

How to Always Show the User Library Folder in OS X El Capitan & Yosemite the Easy Way

Dec 16, 2014 - 39 Comments
Making the Library Folder visible in OS X Yosemite with a Settings toggle

An individuals user Library folder contains personalizations, preference files, caches, and other contents specific to any given individual user account on a Mac. While most users won’t need access to their user account Library directory, some advanced users like to have easy access to that folder for a variety of purposes. All modern versions of … Read More

How to Show a Preview Panel in Every Finder Window of Mac OS X

Nov 11, 2014 - 9 Comments
Show Preview in Finder window

Want to see a Preview panel in Mac Finder windows so that you can get a glance at what images and files look like before opening them? Modern versions of MacOS allow for this handy Preview feature in the Finder. Longtime Mac users may be aware that the Column view of the Mac OS X … Read More

Move Files While Keeping Permissions Intact with “Paste Item Exactly” in the Mac OS X Finder

Aug 28, 2014 - 6 Comments
Paste Item Exactly to relocate a file while maintaining permissions in OS X

Cutting and pasting files within the Mac OS X Finder is an easy way to move files and folders around on the Mac, particularly for Windows converts, but by default the cut and paste function changes permissions and ownership during the file move process. For the most part that is desirable, but if you are … Read More

Make Image Proof Sheets on a Mac Quickly with This Trick

Aug 25, 2014 - 4 Comments
Quick proof sheet in Mac OS X

Aside from using apps like Photoshop, one of the best ways to make a contact sheet on the Mac is to use Automator to generate the thumbnail sheet as needed. But because Automator requires the usage of an OS X scripting utility, it’s beyond the comfort level of many users, and it also takes time … Read More

Add Items to the Mac Finder Window Toolbar with a Drag & Drop Trick

Aug 15, 2014 - 5 Comments
Finder

Few Mac users seem to know it, but the Finder window toolbars of OS X can be customized to serve as a quick-launch panel. You can store almost anything in the Finder toolbar, whether it’s an app, a directory, automator action, network share, a website bookmark, or even a frequently accessed document. Adding items to … Read More

Print Files Directly from Mac Desktop & OS X Finder to Save Time

Aug 11, 2014 - 29 Comments
Printing a file from the desktop on a Mac

Did you know you can start printing any file directly from the desktop of a Mac? While most users open a file and then print it from the application of which the file was built in, that’s not actually necessary, instead printing can be initiated from anywhere in the Finder of OS X. This often … Read More

Where Mac System Icons & Default Icons Are Located in Mac OS X

Jul 27, 2014 - 22 Comments
Mac OS X system icons

The system icons of Mac OS X decorate nearly everything found within the Finder and desktop, ranging from default folder icons, to the default icons of hard disks, network machines, even the Finder sidebar items, and some toggles found throughout Mac OS X. If you’ve ever wanted to access the full size original resources for … Read More

Share Files Between User Accounts in Mac OS X the Easy Way

Jul 11, 2014 - 6 Comments
Share between user accounts in Mac OS X the easy way

There are a variety of ways to share files between different user accounts on the Mac, but OS X offers one incredibly simple way in particular; the Shared folder. Most Mac users may not even see the folder let alone know it exists, but it’s easy to access, and makes sharing a file or many … Read More

Open Folders as New Windows Instead of Tabs in Finder of Mac OS X

May 28, 2014 - 19 Comments
Open folders into new windows rather than tabs in Mac OS X

The Mac file system received tabbed window support in OS X Mavericks, which also caused opening new Finder windows into launching new tabs rather than an actual new Finder window. While this helps to cut down on window clutter when browsing the file system, it can also be kind of frustrating if you want to … Read More

3 Super Simple Finder Keystroke Tips Every Mac User Must Know

Apr 16, 2014 - 8 Comments
Preview a file instantly by hitting the Space bar

The Finder offers the primary means of navigating the file system of Mac OS X, and though most users will rely entirely on clicking, dragging, and dropping, there are no shortage of keyboard shortcuts to make things even better. If you’re not going to learn them all (and let’s face it, just about nobody does), … Read More

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