how to view mac folders

How to View Mac Folders as Icons or Columns

Apple Mac computers are brilliant at storing all your files and folders – pictures, text documents, music, games, movies apps. You name it Macs can cope with it.

 

 But what is the easiest and quickest way to filter through those hundreds of files?

The creators behind Mac have catered for all and allow you to simply display your files and Mac folders in a way the best suits you – icons, columns, lists or even as album covers.

You easy peasily change the view of your Mac folders by clicking your preferred option using the view buttons nestled at the top of the finder window toolbar.

The first button will display your Mac folders in an icon view, the next button shows a List view, the following option is Column view and the last button displays your files with a Cover Flow View.

How to View Your Mac Folders as Icons or Columns

 

Icon view

Icon view is my preferred option as it will show an image preview of your files. Particularly helpful if you are searching for a picture file! Also a great option if you are not sure what you named your file as you can pin point it by seeing the contents.

With the latest versions of Mac your files will conveniently be separated in to images, PDF documents, documents etc. You can scroll along your files with a right to left swipe on your touch pad.

By selecting the View option the Finder Window toolbar and scrolling down to→View Options, you can alter the orders of the Mac folders. You can handily arrange them by the date they were modified, the date they were created, their size, kind, or label.

how to view mac folders

Column view

Arranging your Mac folders by columns is very helpful if you are opening up several files that are saved with in other files. It shows a breadcrumb trail.

To get this function choose View→As Columns. Now you should be greeted with several vertical columns. The first column on the far left side will house your network, hard disk, home folder, applications, documents, movies and more. (This sidebar appears in the same place in every Finder window).

 

How to Activate the Breadcrumb Effect?…

To start your trail click on a file to highlight it. In the next column you will see that files contents. If there is another file within in that one, clicking on it will open another column displaying that particular files contents and so on…

If you fancy resizing the column pane just click and drag the handle at the bottom of the pane. To alter the size on individual columns press the Option key while dragging. For clearer view you can expand the finder entire window by dragging its handle at the bottom right.

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker

Chef Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chef 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, Chef 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 :)