Mac OS X Lion Finder

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Working with Windows in Mac OS X Lion

Although Mac OS X Lion windows are similar to windows you’ve used in other versions of Mac OS, they have some new wrinkles. To start peering into windows on your Mac, first you need to know how to open [more…]

Navigating the Apple Menu in Mac OS X Lion

On the far left side of the Mac OS X Lion menu bar sits a little apple symbol, which, if you click it, actually displays a menu. No matter what Mac OS application is active, the apple menu is always available [more…]

Working with the Computer Folder in Mac OS X Lion

In Mac OS X Lion folder structure, the Computer folder is the top level of the hierarchy. The Computer folder shows all the storage devices (hard drives, CD- or DVD-ROM, USB flash drive, and so forth) [more…]

Working with the Library Folder in Mac OS X Lion

The Library folder, at the root level of your Mac OS X Lion hard drive, is like a public library; it stores items available to everyone who logs into an account on this Mac. You can find three Library [more…]

Working with the Home Folder in Mac OS X Lion

From the Users folder in your Mac OS X Lion Finder, you can drill down into the Home folder to see what’s inside. When the user logs on to this Mac, his Home folder appears whenever he clicks the Mac OS [more…]

Navigating the Desktop in Mac OS X Lion

The Desktop is the backdrop for the Finder in Mac OS X Lion — everything you see behind the Dock and any open windows. The Mac OS X Lion Desktop is always available and is where you can usually find your [more…]

Navigating the Mac OS X Lion Finder Toolbar

The Mac OS X Lion Finder window offers navigation aids. Several of these are on the toolbar — namely, the Back and Forward buttons. You can find other handy features on the OS X Lion Go menu. [more…]

How to Navigate the Mac OS X Lion Finder in Column View

Within OS X Lion views are part of what makes your Mac feel like your Mac. Mac OS X Lion offers four views so you can select the best one for any occasion. Column view is a handy way to quickly look through [more…]

How to Navigate the Mac OS X Lion Finder in Icon View

Finder views in Max OS X Lion can make your computer feel like your Mac. Mac OS X Lion has four views — you can pick the best one for the situation. Icon view is a free-form view that allows you to move [more…]

How to Navigate the Mac OS X Lion Finder in List View

In List view, the Mac OS X Lion Finder has little triangles to the left of each folder, known as disclosure triangles,which let you see the contents of a folder without actually opening it. This view also [more…]

Using the Go Menu in the Mac OS X Lion Finder

The Go menu in the Mac OS X Lion Finder offers many shortcuts. The items on the Go menu take you to places on your Mac — many of which can be found in the Finder window toolbar — and a few other places [more…]

How to Set Finder Preferences in Mac OS X Lion Finder

You can find Finder and Desktop preferences in Mac OS X Lion by choosing Finder→Preferences. In the Mac OS X Lion Finder Preferences window that appears, you find four panes: General, Labels, Sidebar, [more…]

Understanding the Mac OS X Lion Folder Structure

To get acquainted with Mac OS X Lion folder structure, start by looking at the folder structure of a typical Mac OS X installation. Open a Finder window, and click the icon for your hard drive [more…]

How to Create a Burn Folder in Mac OS X Lion

A burn folder lets you burn selected files to a CD or DVD in Mac OS X Lion many times. Perhaps the most useful thing you can do with a burn folder in OS X Lion is to create one that contains your most [more…]

How to Organize Files with Subfolders in Mac OS X Lion

Folders in Mac OS X Lion work like manila folders in the real world. Their icons look like folders, like the one in the margin to the left; they can contain files or other folders, called [more…]

Working with Spring-Loaded Folders in Mac OS X Lion

A spring-loaded folder pops open in Mac OS X Lion when you drag something onto it without releasing the mouse button. Spring-loaded folders work with all folder or disk icons in all views and in the Sidebar [more…]

Working with Smart Folders in Mac OS X Lion

Smart Folders let you save search criteria in Mac OS X Lion and then tell them to work in the background to reflect those criteria in real time. In other words, Mac OS X Lion Smart Folders are updated [more…]

How to Get Rid of Icons in Mac OS X Lion

To get rid of an icon from the Desktop or any Finder window in Mac OS X Lion, merely drag it onto the Trash icon on your OS X Dock.

Trashing an alias gets rid of only the alias, not the parent file. But [more…]

How to Use the Search Box in Mac OS X Lion Finder Windows

Mac OS X Lion includes a fabulous technology called Spotlight that can help you find almost anything on any mounted disk in seconds. With the Mac OS X Lion Finder search box, Spotlight can search for files [more…]

Using Disks in Mac OS X Lion

Think of the disk icons that appear on the Desktop (and/or in the sidebars of Finder windows) in Mac OS X Lion as though they were folders. That’s because OS X Lion sees disks as nothing [more…]

Moving and Copying Disk Icons in Mac OS X Lion

Moving a file icon from one on-screen disk to another in Mac OS X Lion works the same way as moving an icon from one folder to another, with one notable exception: When you move a file from one disk to [more…]

How to Burn CDs or DVDs in Mac OS X Lion

With Mac OS X Lion, you can play, create, and publish audio and video on optical media. Depending on which type of optical drive your Mac is equipped with, you can burn some or all of the following types [more…]

Understanding Mac OS X Lion Folder Permissions

As you might expect, folder permissions in Mac OS X Lion control who can use a given folder or any disk (or partition) other than the startup disk. You can set permissions for the folder’s owner, a subset [more…]

Sharing a Folder in Mac OS X Lion

Suppose, while using Mac OS X Lion, you have a folder you want to share, but it has slightly different rules than those set up for the Public folder, for the Drop Box folder within the Public folder, or [more…]

Taking Advantage of Useful Permissions Settings in Mac OS X Lion

When working with and setting folder permissions in Mac OS X Lion, you can combine permissions for a folder. You’ll probably find one option that fits the way you work and the people you want to share [more…]

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