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Getting familiar with the Finder

From: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training

Video: Getting familiar with the Finder

You've got a good lay of the land now, and now we're going to look a little bit into the Finder menus to look at the important things that you'll be able to do within the Finder. Take our mouse, go up to Finder and just in case you're interested, you can choose About Finder. There it is. This is about the Finder. We're using Finder version 10.5. Why is this important? Well for the Finder, it's not very important. However, when you're in other applications the application name will show in this position, right next to the Apple icon. Every so often you may want to know about that application, in order to find out its version number, for example. So good command to know about whatever the foremost application is. The next command down is another important one and this is Preferences. Every application will have some kind of Preferences command and it will always be under the application menu name. So if you're in Photoshop, you look under Photoshop, there you'll find the Preferences command. When you go to Finder preferences, you'll find that you have the option to show certain things on your Desktop. If you like a really clean Desktop with nothing on it, you can deselect hard drives, gone. External disks, well there goes my Time Machine disk. No CD, no don't want that either, fine. But I like to see what I've got on my Desktop so I leave these things connected.

Getting familiar with the Finder

You've got a good lay of the land now, and now we're going to look a little bit into the Finder menus to look at the important things that you'll be able to do within the Finder. Take our mouse, go up to Finder and just in case you're interested, you can choose About Finder. There it is. This is about the Finder. We're using Finder version 10.5. Why is this important? Well for the Finder, it's not very important. However, when you're in other applications the application name will show in this position, right next to the Apple icon. Every so often you may want to know about that application, in order to find out its version number, for example. So good command to know about whatever the foremost application is. The next command down is another important one and this is Preferences. Every application will have some kind of Preferences command and it will always be under the application menu name. So if you're in Photoshop, you look under Photoshop, there you'll find the Preferences command. When you go to Finder preferences, you'll find that you have the option to show certain things on your Desktop. If you like a really clean Desktop with nothing on it, you can deselect hard drives, gone. External disks, well there goes my Time Machine disk. No CD, no don't want that either, fine. But I like to see what I've got on my Desktop so I leave these things connected.

In the Advanced, you have the option to Show file extensions. This is off by default, if you're coming from the Windows side of the world, you'll often see a Word document, for example, that's called say My work and then it has a dot and then it says doc. The Mac does not require file extensions to be visible. You don't have to know that this is a doc file. You don't have to know that it's a certain kind of Excel file. All you need to know is that it's just a file. You can turn that on if you like. I prefer to leave it off.

Now in the File menu, we looked at this very briefly, here's a chance to make a New Finder Window or a New Folder. You're going to be making new folders a lot of the time, so keep in mind that this is here. The keyboard command for this, because eventually you're going to start using keyboard commands, is Shift+Cmd+N. For a new Finder window, it's Cmd+N. Here we've produced a new Finder window. This gives us the opportunity to see what windows look like. Let's open the Documents folder and see what's in there. We are looking at a bunch of documents inside Documents folder. There are four views here.

The first is Icon view, this is the default view. Using this view, you can see the icons of the files that are in here. How helpful is this? Eh, kind of because it gives you some idea of what the document looks like. In Leopard, you can actually see what the real contents of the first page the document looks like in Icon view. However, you can't see a lot of files, so it's not the most efficient way to view your files. The next option is List view. This gives you simply the names of your documents, the dates they were modified, the size and the kind. You can look at them in a long list. You can see far more documents this way then you could in Icon view. Then there's Column view.

Column view shows you the hierarchy. So for example I've got documents here and now I go down to the next level and that shows me my documents that happen to be in the Documents folder. Very easy way to move in and out and through the Mac's interface. A lot of people like Columns view, but there's a new one and this is the fourth view, and this is called Cover Flow view, and Cover Flow view places your filenames in a list at the bottom of the window, but at the top of the window you actually get a chance to preview a big icon of your document so you can tell what it is. So we click this arrow here and we're just flipping through our documents.

This way we can see our images, we can see what are movie files, we can see text files for example. But check this out, this is one of the coolest things about this. Let's take this image file for example. Let's say it's kind of small. Is this the one I really want? I've got this selected, I press the spacebar, and this produces a new feature called Quick Look. This gives me the opportunity to preview whatever that document is without actually having to open it. I'll close it here by clicking the little x. So if I have a movie file for example, I can see that movie by bringing it forward in Cover Flow. I can either click this little play icon or again press spacebar and the movie plays.

To close it, I just click the little x and it's closed. Now you can do this with any number of kinds of documents. Here I've got a pages publication. There it is easy enough. Again, another video file, bring it forward. It's just that easy and the advantage here is that there's no need if you're not sure what a document is, to open the thing up, open up its host application. This provides a very easy way to preview a file without opening its host application.

OK so now you've had an opportunity to preview some of your documents. But suppose there's something in there that you don't care for. Well as I go back through here there's some kind and here whose shadow is just mucking up my beautiful images, and I don't want it there anymore. So I click it. I drag it over to the Trash, and it's gone. Now I can empty the Trash by going to the Finder and choosing Empty Trash. When I do that, up pops this dialog box saying, Are you really sure you want to do it, because when you empty the Trash it's really, really gone. Now, normally I would click OK to get rid of it. However I want to show you one other way to empty the Trash. You do that by going down to the Trash icon, clicking and holding on it, and notice the Empty Trash command appears here.

OK, there's one more way to empty the Trash. Go up to the Finder menu and you can choose Secure Empty Trash. What happens here is that when you delete that file it is really, really gone. It means that no utility, no third party utility for recovering files will be able to find it. It will erase the part of the hard drive that contained that file. We don't want to do it now. What we really want to do is just empty the Trash. So back up here to Empty Trash, select it, let go of the mouse.

Yes I do want to get rid of it. OK, and the file is gone.

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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training

80 video lessons · 31510 viewers

Christopher Breen
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  1. 1m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
  2. 12m 54s
    1. Installing Leopard
      12m 54s
  3. 31m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with the Apple mouse and keyboard
      4m 38s
    2. Understanding the Mac desktop
      9m 37s
    3. Exploring the Apple menu
      6m 26s
    4. A tour of the Mac OS interface
      6m 25s
    5. Enabling Time Machine and running software updates
      4m 17s
  4. 33m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the Finder
      6m 26s
    2. Windows and their elements
      6m 55s
    3. Customizing the Finder
      6m 36s
    4. Gathering file information
      4m 8s
    5. Working with contextual menus
      2m 33s
    6. Understanding the Open and Save dialogs
      2m 59s
    7. Using Help
      3m 28s
  5. 11m 41s
    1. Searching with Spotlight
      3m 36s
    2. Working with the Spotlight Search window
      2m 34s
    3. Using Spotlight with System Preferences
      3m 14s
    4. Creating Smart Folders
      2m 17s
  6. 12m 0s
    1. Moving and copying files
      3m 11s
    2. Spring-loaded folders and the Dock
      3m 7s
    3. Spaces
      5m 42s
  7. 12m 49s
    1. Introduction to the Dock
      2m 0s
    2. Creating Stacks
      3m 28s
    3. Configuring the Dock
      2m 18s
    4. Working with Trash and Eject
      5m 3s
  8. 42m 37s
    1. Configuring Personal System Preferences
      11m 39s
    2. Configuring Hardware System Preferences
      7m 13s
    3. Configuring Internet System Preferences
      6m 39s
    4. Configuring System System Preferences
      17m 6s
  9. 3m 51s
    1. Understanding printing options
      3m 51s
  10. 28m 4s
    1. Introduction to iLife '08
      2m 5s
    2. iPhoto
      4m 24s
    3. GarageBand
      5m 36s
    4. iWeb
      4m 10s
    5. iMovie
      7m 45s
    6. iDVD
      4m 4s
  11. 11m 6s
    1. Using TextEdit
      7m 25s
    2. Using the Dictionary
      3m 41s
  12. 16m 39s
    1. Working with images in Preview
      10m 7s
    2. Working with PDF files
      6m 32s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Introduction to Safari
      5m 53s
    2. Working with the Address bar
      5m 21s
    3. Working with Bookmarks
      5m 7s
    4. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      3m 32s
    5. Saving web pages with Safari
      3m 11s
    6. Viewing PDFs
      3m 22s
    7. Configuring Safari Preferences
      4m 14s
    8. Creating Web Clips
      2m 45s
  14. 7m 56s
    1. Working with Dashboard widgets
      7m 56s
  15. 16m 13s
    1. Introduction to the Address Book
      7m 23s
    2. Address Book tips and tricks
      5m 30s
    3. Creating Smart Groups in the Address Book
      3m 20s
  16. 15m 9s
    1. Introduction to iCal
      7m 35s
    2. Working with multiple calendars
      2m 1s
    3. Sharing your calendars
      5m 33s
  17. 35m 26s
    1. Introduction to Mail
      2m 29s
    2. Creating an email account
      3m 18s
    3. Sending and receiving email
      5m 27s
    4. Personalizing Mail settings
      5m 14s
    5. Sorting email with Rules
      4m 17s
    6. Sorting email with Smart Mailboxes
      3m 3s
    7. Junk email
      5m 53s
    8. Working with To Dos, Notes, and RSS
      5m 45s
  18. 19m 36s
    1. Setting up an AIM account in iChat
      4m 55s
    2. Text, audio, and video chatting
      7m 41s
    3. Sharing files with iChat Theater
      7m 0s
  19. 39m 49s
    1. Introduction to iTunes
      7m 23s
    2. Playing and ripping an audio CD
      4m 35s
    3. Creating Playlists and Smart Playlists
      6m 44s
    4. Tagging files
      6m 46s
    5. Using the iTunes Music Store
      10m 22s
    6. Working with video in iTunes
      3m 59s
  20. 31m 16s
    1. Using Photo Booth
      6m 38s
    2. Using Front Row
      6m 26s
    3. Introduction to DVD Player
      5m 4s
    4. Using QuickTime Player
      5m 47s
    5. Using QuickTime Pro
      7m 21s
  21. 12m 44s
    1. Using Time Machine
      6m 24s
    2. Introduction to Disk Utility
      6m 20s
  22. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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