Most of what we do in any computer is access, manage, and use files and folders. Having a handful of good tips for using files and folders on your Mac can help you get things done faster and more efficiently.
The following are a list of the favorite ways I work within the Finder.
Bookmark Files In Safari
Websites and pages are not the only items that can be bookmarked in Safari or other web browsers. You can bookmark files located in your Finder. You simply select a file and drag it to your browser. It will open and be linked to where you have it located in the Finder. You can actually make a folder of linked files that you might want to open up in Safari.
Put Files & Folders In The Toolbar
You can drag files, folders, and applications to the toolbar of any Finder window so that it can be quickly accessed and opened. When you drag them, a little green button with a + sign in the middle will appear, which lets you know you can drop it in the toolbar.
Folders In The Sidebar
Similarly, you can also drag any folder into the sidebar of any window for quick access.
Quickly Rename Files
When you want to rename any file on the desktop or in the Finder, you can simply select it and hit the return key. The word, the existing name, such as “Untitled” will be selected, and you can start typing and rename the file.
Files In A New Folder
Delete Folders From Time Machine
If you use Time Machine, an OS X feature that maintains incremental backups of the contents of your hard drive, you can go into Time Machine and select to have backups of a selected file or folder deleted.
An Instant Link To Public Dropbox
If you’re a Dropbox user, you will know that you can drop a file in the Public folder of your account, right- or Control-click on it and have Dropbox create a URL link to that file. Pretty easy, but with a little application called Bloodrop you can set it up so that when you drop a file onto the application, it will automatically add the file to your Public Dropbox folder and create a link which will be posted to your Mac’s clipboard.
For other ideas on files and folders, start with technical posts on our site. Feel free to let us know what you think of these tips. Do you have any of your own to share?