It is essential that you can locate and work with files that are stored on your computer's hard drive. This video covers the basics of working in Finder, opening folders, and locating files.
- [Instructor] Most people store documents, pictures and other types of files on the hard drive on their computer like a filing cabinet you might have in your office. Finder is the tool in MAC OS that you use to browse through those files and folders. If you see an icon for the Macintosh hard drive on your desktop, you can double click on that or you can go to the Finder icon on the dock, click on that and it will open up a Finder window. On the side bar on the left, I can select a location then on the right, I can navigate through the contents of that location. But there is an option that I do not see on this list which I want to add because it's going to help us understand how the storage drive is organized. To get this, we'll go into the main Finder menu then go to preferences. Then I'll go to the tab labeled sidebar and I want to enable this option that says hard disks. Then I should see the Macintosh HD in the sidebar in the Finder window. Now this doesn't work on all systems so if that does not work for you, you should also enable the option that has your name and your type of computer. So I'm going to enable Nick's MacBook Pro then you will see that on the list. You can select that and that's just another way to get to the Macintosh HD. And however you do it, I do want to go to the Macintosh HD because this is a great starting point. This is my main storage drive in my computer. All of the files that you have stored will be in a folder somewhere on this drive unless, of course, you use an external drive for additional storage. And if you do have an external hard drive or memory stick connected to your computer, it will show up on this list on the left as well. But we're going to stick with the main drive. Now we're not going to identify any specific folders quite yet. For now, you should see that you can double click on a folder and it opens up and now you can see the contents of that folder which in this case, is just more folders. It's very common to have folders inside of folders and so on just like a filing cabinet in the real world. Now you'll notice that most folders can be identified by this blue folder icon. This folder with the house icon is one rare exception. This is a folder, it's called the Home folder and I'll talk more about it in another movie. Now at this point, there's a good chance that the layout of your Finder window looks different from mine so I want you to look at this toolbar near the top, specifically at this cluster of four buttons where you can switch between the different views so you can go to the icon view, the list view, the column view or the gallery view. We're still in the same folder looking at the same stuff, the views just change how your files and folders are displayed and may change some of the controls. For example, if I go to the list view, naturally I can open a folder by double clicking on it but when I'm in the list view, I could also click this triangle to open up and see the contents of that folder here, click the triangle again to close it. Or if you're in the column view, you can select a folder and the contents of that folder will be displayed in the next column to the right. You can choose the view that you like and you can switch whenever you want. Naturally, as you are navigating through your drive, eventually you will get to a folder that contains files. Files are individual things stored on your drive like pictures or documents. They are ultimately what you'll be working with. You can see they all have their own individual icons different from the blue folder icon and files are contained inside of folders. Now naturally, the size and placement of those icons will change when you switch to other views. As you're navigating through these folders, it's always important to know where you are. Up at the top of the window, you should see the name of the folder that you're currently in but I also like to have the path bar visible. To get that, we'll go to the view menu and choose show path bar. That opens up this bar down here at the bottom of the window that shows the full path to the folder that you're currently looking at. So lets pause here. For now, you should take a look around and start getting familiar with opening folders and navigating around in Finder.
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