Finder

100+ new features in macOS High Sierra

One of the biggest yet largely unseen updates, macOS High Sierra brings many new features to Mac users. iDownloadBlog takes a closer look at some of the biggest changes in High Sierra, with an accompanying hands-on video from Andrew and the non-exhaustive list of everything that’s new.

How to change the default search scope in Finder

You may have noticed when opening a Finder window to search for a file that the default setting is to search through the entire Mac. Although this may be precisely what many people want to do, I personally tend to find myself clicking again to refine my search to the current folder.

This guide will outline the simple process to customise the default scope for Finder window searches, so that you no longer have to trawl through your full hard drive for a file which you know is in the folder you’ve already navigated to.

macOS 10.12.4 properly displays icons for Windows executable files in Finder

Yesterday’s beta release of what would become the fourth major software update to macOS Sierra doesn’t just bring iOS’s Night Shift mode to your Mac. Aside from that feature and things like an updated PDF API, expanded Dictation support or the ability for Siri to look up cricket scores and rosters, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 includes better handling of Windows executable files in the Finder.

As discovered by Microsoft’s Mac product designer Vaclav Vancura, rather than use a generic icon to represent Windows executables like before, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 now actually parses .EXE files for native Windows resources such as icons.

How to configure your Mac to automatically delete files that have been in the Trash for 30 days

Some people aren’t as retentive about emptying their Mac’s Trash as others are, and when things start piling up, valuable storage space can be wasted as it just sits there and does nothing productive.

You can configure your Mac to automatically remove items that have been sitting in the Trash for 30 days, which might be a useful function for people who tend to forget to take out the trash from time to time.

How to hide mounted volumes from your desktop and the Finder

We’ve already covered how to completely prevent partitions from mounting under macOS but, as one iDB reader pointed out, sometimes you want a partition mounted and ready to use but still want the benefit of it not cluttering up your desktop and the Finder sidebar.

The example our reader enquired about was Time Machine, and that really is a perfect case in point. Many people want their Time Machine partition constantly mounted and backing up throughout the day but don’t need it to be visible at all. Finder’s preferences allow for hiding all volumes from the desktop but offer no control on a volume-by-volume basis, and though drives can be manually removed from the Finder window sidebar, this is an inelegant extra step and the drives still show elsewhere.

Luckily, there is a way to leave specific volumes mounted whilst hiding them from both the desktop and the entirety of the Finder in one fell swoop.

How to convert CAF files to MP3 or AAC

From time to time, you might come across an audio file format known as .caf (Core Audio Format), which was originally created by Apple to put an end to file size barriers set by other audio file types.

Unfortunately, not every audio player or device works with .caf files, so it might do you good to know how to convert them to another audio file type using the software that comes with your Mac. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to convert .caf files to more commonly-used audio files such as AAC or MP3 with Garageband.

How to add an image or color to a Finder folder on Mac

Your Mac’s Finder windows always have a white background out of the box, but if you’re fancying a change, you can always give your Finder folders any background or background color you wish.

Believe it or not, your Mac comes with the ability to set any background color for any of your folders out of the box, and you can even set any image you may have as the background for your folders.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how.

Launching apps in low resolution mode on Retina display Macs

When it comes to most modern Macs, they come equipped with ultra high-resolution displays known as Retina displays.

These displays are the same size as standard displays, but come with much denser pixel-per-inch (PPI) specifications than your average display.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can launch apps on your Retina display Mac in normal resolution, rather than in its higher Retina display resolution form.

Customizing the toolbar in your Mac Finder window

If you own a Mac, you most likely use the Finder window on a daily basis; probably more than you even realize. But one thing you may not have known throughout the eons of using the Finder interface as Apple has created it to be used, is that you can actually customize the Finder toolbar to your liking.

By doing so, you can supercharge your Finder window’s functionality with additional easy-to-reach features, and we’ll show you how to customize your Finder toolbar in this simple tutorial.

Mac tip: preventing Login Items and Finder windows from opening when you log in

Like Windows, OS X makes having apps, documents, folders or server connections launch automatically whenever you log in to your Mac as easy as dragging them to the System Preferences → Users & Groups → Login Items section.

Sometimes, one or more Login Items may cause software problems or prevent your computer from starting up properly.

Rather than remove all of your Login Items permanently, here’s how you can temporarily prevent them from opening automatically when you log in, without needing to adjust your settings.

10 handy keyboard shortcuts to help you navigate Finder

Just like many other native OS X apps, Finder offers a variety of keyboard shortcuts to help you perform actions more quickly.

Although you’re probably used to pointing and clicking on whatever it may be that you want in your Finder window, using your keyboard can be just as effective, if not more effective, at getting you around your Mac’s filesystem faster.

In this piece, we’ll share 10 handy keyboard shortcuts that you can use while you’re in Finder to navigate your filesystem.