The Essentials of the Mac OS X Lion Finder

On your Mac, the Finder is your starting point — the centerpiece of your Mac OS X Lion experience, if you will — and it’s always available. In Finder’s windows or Desktop, you can double-click your way to your favorite application, your documents, or your folders.

The Finder is a special application unlike any other. It launches automatically as soon as you start your Mac and is always running in the background. The Desktop is a special part of the Finder unlike any other. Finally, icons and windows are the units of currency used by the Finder and Desktop.

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…]

Finding Icon Data in the Info Window in Mac OS X Lion

Every icon in Mac OS X Lion has an Info window that gives you information about that icon and enables you to choose which other users (if any) you want to have the privilege of using this icon. In Mac [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…]

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…]

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