The Mac equivilent to Windows Explorer is Finder. You will use Finder to manage files like you would in Windows Explorer. Tasks like opening, moving, copying, deleting, and more can be done with Finder, which has its own toolbar with buttons for changing views and performing tasks on files. In this movie, you will customize the toolbar to add and remove buttons to suit your own personal needs.
- [Voiceover] If you've been following along with me, You're starting to realize how Finder is very much like Windows Explorer on a Windows computer. But instead of a ribbon across the top with tabs and buttons, we have a toolbar. That toolbar is full customizable. That's what we're going to do in this movie. We're going to start by opening up out exercise files. Just give it a double-click. Really doesn't matter what chapter folder we're looking at at this point. We're going to focus on the toolbar across the top. It has navigation buttons. For example, if I wanted to go to my usb drive, I can select it to view what's on that drive.
To go back to where I was, I can click the back button. Great. I can go forward now because I did go to the usb drive. You can see going back and forth using the navigation arrows. There are also different views we've explored, like the icon view, the list view. There's cover flow. We can even view it like we would a presentation. Then there are some other options as well. Other buttons that allow you to change the way things are organized. There's our settings button where we access things like Quick Look. We talked about that in the previous movie.
Our share button, tags, a search field. This is what we call the default toolbar. Some of these are buttons you'll probably use on a regular basis. Maybe there's buttons here that you won't use and others you'd like to use. That's where the customization comes in. Let's go to an empty spot on the toolbar itself in the gray area and right-click. First of all, you can see some different options for how we view the toolbar. Right now, Icon Only is checked off. That's why we see icons.
We can hover over the buttons to get a feel for what they do. Or, if you prefer, while you're learning, choose Icon and Text. This allows you to see the icon as well as text underneath like our view buttons. You can see the back button there. There's the arrange button, or drop-down. Actions, share, edit tags, and search. After a while, you'll get used to using these. You can right-click to customize and go back to the Icon Only, for example. Or, go to Text Only if you just only want to see text. It takes up less space.
But, it's not as clear that these are actual buttons you can click. Lets right-click. Go back to Icon Only. I like that one. You can pick whatever you like for the time being. Let's right-click though, because another option is to hide the tool bar all together if you don't use it. I do, so I'm not going to hide it. Go down to Customize Toolbar to get even more options. Give it a click. Here you'll see the default toolbar across the bottom. At any time, as you start adding and removing buttons from the toolbar, if you want to start over, right from the beginning you can drag this default toolbar right up to the top when you see the green circle with the plus sign.
Release, and you'll get the default toolbar. Let's test this out. Maybe we don't use tags. So we click and drag this down, and release. It's gone in a puff of smoke. Just like that. Maybe you don't use the share button. We'll drag it down. Maybe ones that you like to use include, there it is, quick look. We can add that to our toolbar. You'll notice there are some spaces in here as well. We can space it out if we want. If you want extra space, you can add extra space.
Just dragging those up. maybe delete is one that you like to use on a regular basis. Put that between these two spaces. Another one that's quite popular is this guy down here. New folder. We'll add that next to our delete. You can create new folders in Finder for organizing, moving files around. We have a totally customized toolbar at this point. We click done, and that's the toolbar we work with going forward. Now, you want to start over. Right-click an empty spot, Customize Toolbar, and drag the default back up here.
It's going to replace all of the changes you made with the default, and that's where we started. The one that I do like to have there is Quick Look. We talked about it in the previous movie. Let's add it back up here between these two spaces. Click done. There's our newly customized toolbar in Finder. We'll close up the window to go back to our desktop.
- Using the keyboard and gestures
- Exploring the desktop, Apple menu, Finder, and dock
- Finding files and folders
- Locating files with Spotlight
- Launching and quitting applications
- Task switching with Mission Control
- Transferring files from Windows to Mac
- Transferring mail and address books
- Connecting printers, cameras, and Bluetooth devices
- Getting online
- Adjusting settings in System Preferences
- Getting the best free apps from the App Store