mac os x finder

How To Customise Your Mac OS X Finder

As you might as well know, the interface in which items are displayed in ‘Finder’ can be changed and customised in a variety of ways to suit your needs. Changing Finder options allows to customise each and every individual file on your Mac if you may please.

Finder Back Button

When working with your Finder window, each window will replace the preview one, unless you decide to open up a new program. This just prevents your desktop display from becoming over cluttered with dozens of windows while you are searching for an item on your computer.

Not to worry if you lose your way while using Finder as it is designed with a back button toobar, this will enable you to retrace your steps if you need.

How to use the Back Button on Finder

1) Navigate to a file in Finder ( For example a file named Holiday pics 2014 with pictures inside)

2) In the top left hand corner in the Finder window click on the Back button to move to your previously visited window (in this case the main Pictures window). You will now see the previous window you were browsing.

mac os x finder

Viewing an Icon

One of the main viewing options for items that are displayed in your Finder is Icons. Icons provide a visual representation of all items in your Finder and folders. You’ll be happy to know that you can also customise the way you view your icons in Finder:

1) While in Finder click View on the above toolbar.

2) A menu in View should then pop up, Now select ‘As Icons‘.

3) In the same View menu click ‘Show View Options

After you select Show View Options some functions and customisable settings will now pop up. You can change the size of the icons by moving the ‘Icon Size’ slider, arrange you folder by name, date, alphabetically etc. You may also want to change the background colour of that particular folder and text/font size.

mac finder toolbar

 

List View

Using the list view in a Finder window is pretty handy as it will show you additional information next to the item/folder. This is definitely a more efficient way than using Icon View if you have lots of items within one folder. List View also allows you to see many more items at one time as well as listing additional info.

1) Click here on the Finder toolbar to reach List View

2) You will now see that each folder will be named here. If any of your folders have additional information to them this will be visible will a small triangle next to the folder name.

Column View

The Column view can be quite a useful feature if you need to trace the location of an item you know is on your computer. Here’s how to do it:

1) Click here on your Finder toobar to gain access to Column view.

2) Select an icon to view all items in that folder. If you see an arrow following an item it means there are other items to view within that particular folder.

mac finder list view

So there you have it, a little introduction to the viewing options within your Mac Finder.

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Sophie

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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)