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OS X Mavericks Finder – Menu Introduction

As you’ve probably already noticed OS X Mavericks Finder contains a variety of dropdown menu’s on your desktop screen. Most are aware of the menu but are not entirely sure what sections actually mean, and how to use them accordingly for everyday tasks.

mac finder toolbarSo here is a brief and simple explanation of Mavericks Finder menu’s and what you can expect to get out of them.

The main and standard menu/toolbar we use commonly is ‘Finder Window’, you will see this toolbar when you switch on your computer and it’s automatically there at the top of your desktop screen.

When individual apps are opened the Finder toolbar at the top of our screens switches to that of the app you have open and a new menu will be present instead of the usual Finder toolbar. If you need to get back to the ‘Finder’ menu while using an app, just click any area of your desktop and it will appear again.

Apple Menu

Distinctive by the Apple logo in the top left hand corner of our screens, when you click the Apple logo it will provide a menu of preferences related to your Mac, such as information about your Mac, Checking for software updates, Force quit, sleep, restart, System preferences etc.

 

Finder Menu

Finder contains options for amending and dealing with simple jobs on your Mac, such as delete Trash items, options to hide Finder etc. Also great for customising appearance, and accessing certain apps.

 

File Menu

The File menu contains simple demands related to certain documents you have open on your Mac at the time, commands such as opening and closing a document, moving items to the trash can and options for ejecting disc types from you computer. One of the main reasons I use the file menu is to create new folders on my desktop, I tend to create a lot of mess so I then select a file and organise items into the correct files to steady the disorganisation!

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Edit Menu

A very handy menu, the Edit feature again contain common demands relating to a majority of Apps on your computer, an example of these are Undo, Redo, cut, copy, paste, delete, select all, and so on.

 

View

View is fantastic for hiding sidebars that are in your way, customising the Finder toolbar, and changing the size of icons in the Finder folder. I mainly use view in order to tidy up my desktop in a customised way by sorting files by name or date.

 

Go 

Go helps you to navigate around your Mac, this can involve moving your Home folders, applications folders to recently accessed folders, I now I now, a whole lot of folder talk 😀

 

Window

Window contains information and actions to organise currently open apps and files on your desktop.

 

Help

While we all like a little help every now and again, the Help menu provides a search bar to answer any query you might have regarding your Mac, it will contain tons of help files to help guide you with questions you have about Mac OS X Mavericks.

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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 :)