I did a video that explains how to set up the Finder app on the Mac and how to configure it.
I showed how the user interface is set up and how you can use the different parts of the screen.
Now I am offering a video with how to use certain features of Finder to get things done.
I hadn’t fully explored or used the Finder and all it has to offer. So I hope you find this information useful.
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For the readers, there is a transcript that follows so read on.
Hey. Claude Pelanne here, Affiliate Starting Line. Welcome. It’s going to
be a video about the Finder and how to use it. I just did one that showed
how it’s laid out and how you can configure it. Here are a couple of tips,
a couple of things and features you can use that can come in handy.
In the first video, we showed how to access the Finder down at the bottom
of your dock. On the left-hand side, there’s an icon for the Finder that
you can click there, or I just come up here to the menu at the top of the
screen. Let’s go to the Go To dropdown. The Go dropdown gives you the
ability to find folders, files, and areas of the computer that you might
find useful. All my files, in this case in the Finder of the Document
folder. If I’m looking for certain documents and I know they’re in the
Documents folder I’ll go there. Desktop, Downloads, Home; this is your main
user account. Computer allows you to isolate, obviously, what’s connected
to your computer. Apps comes in real handy if you’re looking for an
application. This one I use pretty often; it allows me to come in here to
say, “What app, where is it, and how can I find it?” Also utilities; if I
have a problem, I can come in here and find the utility that I need to fix
the problem that I’m trying to solve.
Then down here, Go To Folder comes in really handy because it sends me to a
specific folder I might need. In this particular case, it’s configured to
go to my cache folder. If I go to Go there, I can come in here and do a
Click+A, and it’ll clear the cache. This Go dropdown is really, really
handy. I would start there when you’re starting to look for things. In the
old days I used to come here to the spotlight and type in what I was
looking for, and it would give me a pretty decent dropdown of what I was
looking for, but I would have to sift through it. This I find is a lot
There’s one other tip, the new Smart Folder. What I’m trying to put some
information together, or sometimes I’m saying, “How can I isolate all my
videos on C Panel?” This is how you can do it. A Smart Folder is a folder
that is created for the purpose of putting only drilled information into a
folder, let’s put it that way. How do you do it? You come up here. There’s
several ways you can display the information. I have it selected right now
up here, to use the cover flow. I can come here and display information via
icon, I’ll show this shortly, or by a list, by the column view, or by the
cover flow view. I’ll show that in a minute what that means.
OK. Let’s take a look. Let’s say it’s giving me this option to search by
Date, Created, or Name. I’m going to pick the Name, and I want a name that
matches C Panel. Now look at this, it’s pulled up all the information on my
machine that refers to C Panel. I’m going to filter it by clicking this +
button, and I’m going to leave the kind the same. This time I’m going to
come and say, “I want movies.” If I looked at Kind, it would give me the
same options here, but I’m going to leave it [inaudible: 03:14]. What it’s
done by filtering by movie, it’s pulled out all of the videos for the C
Panel. All my MP4s, MV4’s, and MOVs, etc. Now I’ve got my movies in here,
and what I’m going to do at this point is save this. I’m going to save it
as C Panel Movies Smart Folder.
It’s giving me the option to save it in the side bar or not. I leave that
saved, and I’m going to put it on my desktop. That’s where I will need it
for the purpose of what I’m going to do here, and for the demo. Then I
click Save. Now it’s created a C Panel that is now down here on my desktop,
and it’s also created a side bar access to it, right here. If ever you
decide you ever want to lose some of these side bar things, you hit
Command, and there you go. That’s it. Now I have a folder that’s got all my
movies in it. If I want a documents pertaining to a certain subject matter,
I can do exactly the same thing. Go in here and create a new Smart Folder,
go over and click the + button, drill down by content, name it, etc. You
can go in there and play with this, and see how it works for you. You’ll
notice here, if I want to display by icon, I click the Icon View, up here.
If I want it on a list, you can go List. If I want it by column, I can
chose the Column. I don’t know why it’s not displaying by column, that’s
odd. Then I can go with a cover flow. There you have it; the Go To
Dropdown, the Smart Folders, and the Finder.
I hope this video has been helpful. This is Claude Pelanne, Affiliate
Starting Line. Stay with it, stay well and we’ll talk soon.