The Finder is your Mac's life's blood and knowing how to truly customize it, will make your day to day computing experience more streamlined and trouble-free. The Finder can be highly customized to your liking, preferences and special needs. You will learn how to use and customize the The Finder's toolbar, sidebar, viewing options, interface and more.
- [Narrator] The finder is your Mac's…central nervous system.…The finder is the home to your files, folders, applications,…library items, and more.…Your finder can be identified by…the small smiley face icon in the lower left of your screen.…Our objective for this course is to customize it…and make it easier to navigate through your computer…and all its components.…First, let's open up the finder.…It opens up to my desktop by default.…Now let's go ahead and start the customization process.…To do so, let's click on the finder menu in the upper left,…and choose preferences.…
I'll start off with the general tab.…The first section asks you what components you'd like…to show on your desk top, such as hard drives…or flash drives.…I'm gonna go ahead and choose hard disk,…and notice that a new icon then appears on my desktop.…The next section asks you what folder do you want…the finder to open when you start it.…For example, mine started with the desktop, but notice…when I click on the drop-down, I can choose…any of these other options, including other folders…
Technology trainer David Casuto explains basic macOS conventions, and explores how to best resize and manage windows, change the way your mouse behaves, and customize the desktop, including the Dock. Need help finding files and applications? Learn how to search more effectively using Spotlight and Finder. If you have visual or audio impairments, your Mac's accessibility features are a great tool. Find out how to use the display options, zoom, and closed captioning to make macOS more user friendly. Last but not least, David shows how to save time with some helpful keyboard shortcuts. Apple's operating system is a powerful platform; with these tips, you'll find it even easier to use.
- Personalizing your desktop
- Managing windows
- Changing mouse properties
- Searching with Spotlight
- Customizing Finder
- Using accessibility features such as zoom and closed captions
- Using keyboard shortcuts
Skill Level Beginner
What was added in the 01/30/2017 update to this course?
A new video was added that discusses using Siri on a desktop.