Finder

Finder freezes and is not responding? Try this fix

Finder Open on MacBook Screen

The Finder on a Mac is the first thing to appear after booting, and it lets you access files, folders, applications, and more. Sometimes, after an update, or due to other reasons, the Finder can freeze or not respond. This can be very frustrating as you need the Finder to function properly if you want to get any work done.

How to sync music from Mac to iPhone

How to sync music from Mac to iPhone

As a Mac user, chances are the songs you downloaded, ripped from CD, and got from elsewhere are stored on it. If you are wondering how to sync music from Mac to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, here are the multiple ways to do that.

Let us start with the easiest solution, which lets you transfer all or only the selected songs and music playlists from Mac to iPhone. After that, we will look at an effortless wireless solution to sync your entire music library. And the final method involves using a reputed third-party media player app to copy songs and videos from Mac to iPhone or iPad.

Have a look at all the ways and use the one you like the most.

6 ways to find the full path of a file or folder on Mac

Finder Show Path Context

As you know, your computer stores files using a hierarchical structure. So if you need to find the full path of a file, it’s good to know the various ways you can do so on macOS. You might want the path name to create a shortcut, need it for an app, or would like it as a reference for yourself.

We’ve covered different ways for finding and displaying the full path of a file. Here, we’ll round up those methods for you and include a couple more. So the next time you need the path name of a file or folder on your Mac, you can use whichever is easiest or most comfortable for you.

New to Mac? How to work with tabs in Finder

Finder Tab Overview

We’ve walked you through the basics of using Finder. For those new to Mac, it’s a key tool to become familiar with on macOS. One important aspect of using Finder is the tabs feature.

Just like working in Safari or another browser, you can use tabs for opening multiple sites rather than a new window for each, and Finder works the same way. By opening your different Finder folders in tabs instead of separate windows, you can make working between them easier. Plus, you can conserve some screen space.

Here we’re going to give you helpful tips and steps for working with tabs in Finder so that you can make the most of this all-important Mac tool.

How to use Groups for simpler sorting in Finder on Mac

Finder Use Groups Toolbar

Finder on Mac is your go-to tool for documents, applications, folders, and anything else you want to find on your Mac. You can connect an iPhone to it like formerly in iTunes, view iCloud Drive, and view locations on your computer.

Being able to sort quickly and easily is key to effectively using Finder. And, you have terrific options in the Finder toolbar to see items as icons, in a list, as columns, or in a gallery view. But there is another way to sort in Finder that can make it even easier -- Groups.

Here’s how to use Groups in Finder for simpler sorting and searching.

Groups in Finder

About Groups in Finder

Before we get started, it’s important to note that the use of Groups is not available in the Gallery view for Finder. This may seem odd at first, but once you see how the grouping works, it’ll make perfect sense.

When you use Groups in Finder, the folder you’re viewing will likely be sorted by the types of items within it by default. This is useful for folders that contain multiple kinds of items like documents, images, videos, and subfolders.

Plus, your documents will be grouped by kind as well. So you’ll see PDF documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. However, you can change how the groups are sorted and we’ll show you that below as well.

One last note, when you choose to use Groups in Finder, it will only apply to the current folder you are viewing. This gives you the flexibility to only use groupings when it’s helpful to you.

Use Groups in Finder

To use Groups in a Finder folder, do one of the following:

Click the gear icon in the Finder toolbar and select Use Groups. Choose View from the menu bar and select Use Groups. Right-click within the folder and select Use Groups.

You’ll immediate see the folder adjust and group your items.

Sort by Group in Finder

Maybe you’d prefer to group items by date, size, tags, or application rather than kind. This is just as easy as enabling Groups in the first place.

Like when you turned on Groups in Finder, you can use the same locations to change the grouping.

Click the gear icon in the Finder toolbar and select Groups By. Choose View from the menu bar and select Groups By. Right-click within the folder and select Groups By.

Then, select the option you would like to group by in the pop-out menu. You have nine different options which is great for different types of folders.

Stop using Groups in Finder

To stop using groups, follow one of the same methods as above for enabling them and click Use Groups once more to uncheck it.

Wrapping it up

Using Groups in Finder can really come in handy. Whether you group by kind, date, or size, this type of view might be just the ticket to sorting your items the way you need them.

Are you going to give Groups a try the next time you’re looking for something in Finder on Mac? Let us know! And remember you can message us on Twitter and Facebook too!

For more, take a look at how to set the default view and sort order for a folder in Finder.

7 useful Mac Finder preferences and settings to check out

Finder Open on MacBook Screen

Many of us take the time to customize things on our Macs. From the wallpaper and screen saver to the Dock and menu bar; you want your Mac to look and work per your preference. But when it comes to Finder, do you take the time to customize it as well?

Finder is one of those Mac tools that most people take for granted. And if you’re new to Mac, you might not even realize all that Finder can do.

Here are some of the Mac Finder settings you should take a moment to check out. You might just find one or two that you want to adjust.

How to use the dynamic Finder file inspector to display summary info about multiple Mac items

You can quickly get information about an item on your Mac by selecting a file, folder or disk and choosing Get Info from the contextual menu. But did you know that you can make the Get Info command display a summary of information about multiple items in a consolidated floating palette window which automatically refreshes as you select different files, folders or disks in the Finder? Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to learn how to browse information about your Mac files more efficiently with this dynamic Finder file inspector.

iMazing lets you perform truly secure encrypted local backups of iOS devices

Following the revealing report by Joseph Menn for Reuters alleging that the FBI “about two years ago” pressured Apple not to encrypt iOS device backups in iCloud, many iPhone users seem unhappy with this news. As an alternative, backing up your iOS device locally using iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC (or the Finder in macOS 10.15 Catalina) lets you retain ownership over your data versus having the contents of your device uploaded to iCloud.

How to use Finder instead of iTunes on Mac to manage your devices

Manage Devices in Finder Mac

If you’ve updated your Mac to macOS Catalina, then you’ll notice a specific app missing; iTunes. You’ve probably heard that iTunes was going away, but now that it’s truly gone, you’ll have to manage your devices differently.

You might have used iTunes to back up or restore your iPhone, sync specific items with your iPad, or simply manage your devices.

The bad news is that you can’t use iTunes on Mac to do this anymore. But the good news is that there is another way and it’s super easy.

Here’s how to use Finder instead of iTunes on Mac to manage your devices.

New to Mac? Learn the basics of how to use Finder

Finder Window All Open Mac

Finder on macOS is like File Explorer on Windows. It’s the tool you use to find files, folders, and media on your Mac, hence the name Finder.

If you’re new to Mac, then knowing the ins and outs of this valuable tool is essential for finding what you need when you need it.

Here we show you the basics of using Finder including searching for files, changing the view, using the Sidebar, displaying the Preview pane, and more.

Time-saving tips for using the Finder Search feature on Mac

Finder Search Saved Searches Mac

When you’re looking for something on your Mac, whether a document, file, or application, you have two powerful search tools; Finder and Spotlight. We’ve covered some tips for helping you use Spotlight on your Mac, so now it’s time to offer up our help with Finder.

The Finder Search feature does more than provide you a simple search box. You can select how to look, add criteria to narrow down your results, and save your searches to reuse.

Here are several tips for using Finder Search on Mac.