Without realising it, you probably use Finder more than you do Safari or any other app on your Mac – it’s the lifeblood of OS X and ensures you’re never more than a few clicks or keystrokes away from your apps, documents, music or movies. Finder might be the kind of app that you use without even noticing, but that doesn’t mean that a few simple tweaks can’t make it even easier to use and more effective as a staple of your OS X toolkit. Here’s a few tweaks that are well worth taking a look at if you want to speed up your searches and organise your files with ease using Finder on your Mac – try them out, they could well change the way you use this app forever.
Step 1: State your preference
Under Finder in the menubar, click on Preferences or use the Command+’comma’ keyboard shortcut to bring up Finder’s Preferences window and start work.
Step 2: Select your start point
Under the General tab, click on the drop-down menu under ‘New Finder windows open’ to choose Finder’s default starting point when you start searching.
Step 3: Clean your sidebar
If Finder’s sidebar is looking a little cluttered you can remove some of the unused shortcuts by unchecking them in list under the Sidebar tab.
Step 4: Start off a search
Under the Advanced tab, use the drop-down menu at the bottom to select where Finder’s search function looks first – Current Folder is usually best.