Finder Windows

There is a seemingly endless amount of tips and tricks that can be pulled off with OS X’s Finder, but it’s a good idea to get a good handle on some of its more basic functionality before delving into the deep end of the pool. One of the first things that you should learn is how to tackle tabs and windows.

OS X Mavericks ushered in a new tabbed interface for the Finder, a feature that was at the top of almost every Mac owner’s list before it finally arrived. Tabs allow you to view multiple Finder windows within a single interface, and they work very much like the tabs in your favorite web browser.

Did you know that you can easily break apart tabs into their own window? Or what about merging all tabs back into a single window interface? I’ll show you how to do both in the video tutorial that follows.

Splitting and merging Finder windows

To break apart tabs from a window, simply drag the tab that you wish to dislodge out of the window with your mouse until it unsnaps. You can do this with as many tabs as you want.

Move Tab to New Window

You can also use a Window command to remove a tab from a group of tabs. Open the Finder window containing the tab that you wish to move to its own window, and do the following.

Step 1: click on the Finder tab that you wish to move

Step 2: click Window → Move Tab to New Window

If you find yourself with a lot of different Finder windows spread out everywhere, it might be a good idea to merge all of the windows into a single window with tabs. These tabs will represent all of the individual windows that were previously opened.

Merge All Windows

Step 1: open a Finder window

Step 2: click Window → Merge All Windows

You can also drag a Finder tab on top of another window to add that tab to an already existing window. This is good for those moments when you don’t prefer to combine all open Finder windows, but need to merge a few tabs.

Finder window management has come a long way since OS X Mavericks, and it’s a good idea to use these techniques to work more efficiently when it comes to day-to-day tasks. What do you think about Finder window management? Do you have any additional tips, tricks, or ideas to share? Leave me a note down below in the comments with the details.

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    They should make drop down folder tabs, so instead of viewing the window in a different tab, you can get your tab dropped down into the window as a list (much like the dock) for your viewing and quick access (copy, paste, move etc)

  • kline1

    Damn there is a lot a little stuff like this that i didn’t know about osx im definitely gonna start using this window trick.

  • Chris Tangler

    best way to merge them is to buy totalfinder

  • GadgetQueenn

    XtraFinder is the way to go for an even better Finder experience.

    • Loved it for it’s Chrome-like keyboard shortcuts for navigating tabs without the mouse. Not so much for it’s constant crashing.

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