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Five shortcuts and essential modifications for the Finder

I admit it: I’m addicted to keyboard shortcuts , any time you can avoid using your mouse is a great achievement for me and that is that while the mouse has provided a huge advantage to improve and simplify a computer, being able to perform actions quickly with our keyboard remains the key to using a computer quickly.

In my case between Safari and the Finder is where I take advantage of the system, and thanks to these shortcuts I can navigate between folders, create new elements … but not everything is keyboard shortcuts, we can also make certain modifications in the Finder to make it a more useful tool .

  • Create folders from a selection of files. Creating folders quickly is a snap under OS X, we just need to use the keyboard shortcut or the function available from the menu that appears when right-clicking on any Finder window. But an even more useful shortcut is the creation of folders with a default content, this way we don’t need to create a new folder and then drag the content into it, just create a folder with a previously selected content. Such a shortcut can be achieved by doing the corresponding function in the menu bar, with the corresponding option by right-clicking on the selection or with the keyboard shortcut: ctrl+cmd+n.
  • Change the meaning of the color labels. Making use of colored labels, if we are organized enough, is one of the best ways we have to make the Finder a much more useful and practical tool. But we all know what the color red is, so what we can do is modify the meaning of those labels so that our Mac knows that red is associated with tasks related to our work, green with tasks or personal documents… modifying the meaning of the labels is as easy as accessing the Finder preferences, Labels tab. This modification is especially useful if you make use of Automator or Smart Folders actions.
  • Search for content in the folder we found. The fact that some things in OS X are done for no reason is as true as a pinecone when you decide to use the search box in a Finder window to find a file in your current location and Spotlight decides that it’s more important to search your entire computer rather than just your current location. Luckily, changing this behaviour is very simple, so once again we need to go to the Finder preferences, Advanced tab and select the desired option, for me the most logical is to search the current folder you’re in.
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    Temas de interés And a similar problem to the previous one occurs when we open a new Finder window, which is displayed by default (from Lion) in the option “All files”, again an unhelpful option, from my point of view, since it is also displayed in a view that is anything but practical. In addition to being able to modify the folder that is displayed every time we open a new Finder window, we can define a specific one, for example the Downloads folder or our work folder. Remember that you can also jump between the system folders (Desktop, Applications, Downloads …) in a very quick way using the keyboard shortcuts of the Finder, you have them in the following screenshot:

Five shortcuts and essential modifications for the Finder
Five shortcuts and essential modifications for the Finder

Finder Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Drag content to menu bar to create shortcuts. In addition to being able to drag folders and files to the Finder sidebar, you can also drag content to the icon bar at the top of the window. The main difference and advantage is that in the upper bar of the window, besides folders and files, we can even add applications to open them quickly. In my case I have found really useful to have a direct access to the System Preferences.

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