When you change the extension for a file in macOS, you're normally treated with a warning. And if you're someone who changes file extensions a lot, then you may soon get annoyed by the warning. Luckily, there's an easy way to turn off the change file extension warning in Mac.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re used to the Recycle Bin on Windows for unwanted items, when you move to Mac, this folder is simply named Trash. And just like a recycle bin needs to be emptied from time to time, so does the trash.
On Mac, you can empty all of your Trash or just certain items. Plus, you can have the Trash emptied automatically, so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself. If you’re new to Mac, here is how to empty the Trash.
With iTunes in macOS Catalina 10.15 split up into three separate apps, Apple had to make sure there would still be a way to sync your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with your Mac computer so that you could back up, update and/or restore your devices just like before, but without iTunes.