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How to Show iCloud Status Indicator in Mac Finder

May 17, 2019 - 6 Comments
iCloud Status indicators in Mac Finder

If you’re a Mac user who relies on iCloud Drive for data syncing and cloud storage, you might appreciate knowing that you can enable an optional iCloud Status indicator in the Mac Finder. The iCloud Status indicators in Finder can tell you if a file or folder is only in iCloud, on the local Mac, … Read More

How to Tag Files or Folders in MacOS

Nov 27, 2018 - 10 Comments
How to tag files in Mac OS

Tags allow you to organize, prioritize, arrange, and label any files or folders on the Mac. After a file is tagged in the Mac Finder, that file will be marked by the color-coded tag and its associated label, and you can then reference and access those tagged files by whatever assigned tag. You can even … Read More

Get Retro with a Classic Mac Finder Clone for Modern MacOS

Jul 8, 2018 - 5 Comments
Classic Mac Finder icon

Do you miss the retro old days of an ultra-simple Finder experience on the Macintosh? You know, way back in System 6 and System 7, when there was no visual complexity to the user interface of Finder, no myriad of features, it was just a simple file system browser. Yearn no more, because you can … Read More

How to Find Duplicate Files on Mac with DupeGuru

Mar 21, 2018 - 9 Comments
How to Find Duplicate Files on Mac

Are you concerned about duplicate files on a Mac? While most Mac users shouldn’t be bothered by duplicate files as it’s likely that very few if any exist, there are situations where they can be found, thereby adding unnecessary clutter to a Mac file system. For example, the user ~/Downloads folder is a common place … Read More

How to Make a Copy of Files or Folders on Mac with Duplicate

Mar 11, 2018 - 17 Comments
How to make copy of files or folders on a Mac

If you ever need to make a copy of a file or folder on the Mac, you’ll be happy to know that there is a super-easy way to accomplish that task thanks to the Duplicate File feature in the Mac Finder. The name is self descriptive, as Duplicate will create an exact copy of any … Read More

How to Get the Size of a File or Folder in Mac OS

Mar 4, 2018 - 11 Comments
Get Info shows file size or folder size of an item in Mac OS

Need to know the size of a particular file? Or have you ever wondered how large a particular folder is on a Mac? With a simple trick you an quickly get the size of any file, folder, or item as found within the Finder file system of Mac OS.

How to Keep Folders on Top When Sorting by Name in Mac OS Finder

Feb 26, 2018 - 14 Comments
Folders shown on top in a Name listing view of Finder

By default, if you sort a directory by name in the Mac OS Finder, you will find that both files and folders are arranged alongside one another based upon an alphabetical sorting of their names. This is great for many users, but if you have a large folder with many subfolders and files, it can … Read More

How to Add AirDrop to Dock on Mac for Rapid Access

Jan 15, 2018 - 19 Comments
Add AirDrop to Dock in Mac OS for quick access

If you frequently use AirDrop on the Mac to send and receive files between Macs or to and from iOS devices, you may appreciate having ultra-fast access to AirDrop by having it readily available from the Dock of Mac OS. By using a little file system trick, you can gain direct access to AirDrop through … Read More

Show the Original Item from an Alias in Mac OS

Jun 1, 2017 - 10 Comments
Finding original items by alias on Mac

Using Mac aliases as a shortcut for launching apps, files, and folders is a great trick for Mac users, particularly when you’re using a series of aliases for otherwise deeply buried items in the Finder file system. But what if you made an alias of something and you now want to access the original item … Read More

How to Make a Shortcut (Alias) on a Mac

May 22, 2017 - 19 Comments
Finder icon on the Mac

Making an alias for a Mac application, folder, or file, offers an easy way to access that item without having to track down its original location. Instead, you can place an alias anywhere and it will launch the original item immediately, while the original item remains in its original location. An alias on the Mac … Read More

How to Sort Files by Date on Mac

Apr 20, 2017 - 11 Comments
How to sort files by date on the Mac

Many Mac users sort their files by name and type, but one of the most useful ways to sort files is by date. The Mac Finder allows for various different date based sorting options for files, documents, applications, and folders, and they’re all typically best utilized in the Finder List view. Using date based sorting … Read More

Accessing the Downloads Folder on Mac & Finding Downloaded Files

Jul 24, 2016 - 31 Comments
Mac downloads folder

Ever wondered where all the downloaded files go on your Mac? By default, most apps will transfer downloaded files into the user Downloads folder. This applies to all downloads to a Mac made from the web with Safari, Chrome, through AirDrop, or from the many file transfer apps out there. There are many different ways … Read More

How to Change Text Size of Finder Fonts in Mac OS X

Feb 25, 2016 - 22 Comments
How to change the text font size in Mac OS X Finder

Many Mac users may like to adjust the font size of file names, folders, and other text found in the Finder of OS X. This is particularly helpful if you find the default text size of Finder fonts to be small and challenging to read when navigating in the Mac file system, where increasing the … Read More

How to Use “Delete Immediately” on Files to Bypass Trash in Mac OS X

Nov 23, 2015 - 25 Comments
How to delete files immediately in Mac OS X and bypass the Trash

The latest versions of Mac OS X include a new ability to immediately delete a file or folder from the Mac, bypassing the Trash can. Essentially how the “Delete Immediately” feature works is by circumventing the Trash and rather than waiting for user action to remove the files, it just deletes the file(s) instantaneously from … Read More

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

Nov 5, 2015 - 22 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 Mac OS X 10.11 and later, there’s a new native Copy Pathname … 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 Mac 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

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