Working in the OS X Mavericks Finder (and some Finder Shortcuts, too!)

Knowing what you’re doing in the OS X Mavericks Finder window can easily help you save time and work more efficiently in this operating system. In this post, we’ll show you some key functions in the Finder, and also include a few helpful shortcuts to get you started, all of which are taken from our Apple OS X Mavericks training course, taught by expert author Andy Anderson.

Finder Features:

Under the Apple icon, you have the option to view your recent items – these are the applications, servers, or documents you’ve recently used. This is an easy way to get back into one of these applications if you’ve accidentally closed it or stepped away from your computer. Also, if you’re working in an application and it suddenly freezes up on you or is not responding, you have the ability to force quit. Essentially, everything you do is kept in a compartment in your computer’s memory. So to force quit, you just have to choose the application you’d like to close, or quit.


Moving to the View menu, there’s a feature called Show View Options. In here, you can adjust your icon sizes on the desktop, change the grid spacing (the grid that the icons fall into), and change the label positioning to either the button or right side of the icon.


Lastly, if you’ve been searching for the Library feature in the Go menu but haven’t been able to find it, then here’s a tip: open the Go menu, then simply hold down the option key and you’ll see the Library option appear in the list of applications.


Finder Shortcuts:

Everybody knows the standard way to name a file on your desktop: click it, count to 3, then click it again and type in the name. There is an easier way to do this. Simply click on the file or folder you want to rename and hit the return key – this gives you instant access to naming the file. Another Finder shortcut is for creating a new folder. If you have more than one item you need to add to the folder, and don’t want to spend the time adding them in one at a time, then just select the items you’d like to add, right click your mouse and go into New Folder with Selection X Number of Items.


Another feature you might not know about is that Finder has an undo function. Say you put a file into a folder by accident, just press command Z to undo it!

These are just a few simple things you can do in the Finder to work more efficiently in OS X Mavericks. If you’d like to learn more about the Finder, visit our website and view some free videos from the OS X Mavericks training course.



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