Some Cool Finder Tips for OS X Yosemite to Enhance Your Search Capabilities

Do you think that you know each and every feature of Mac software and can use them in OS X Yosemite efficiently? Have you ever used the Finder Search to narrow your search results? If no, then follow this article to learn some cool tips that can help you in using Finder efficiently in Mac OS X.

The Finder is a default file manager for all the PCs running Macintosh operating systems. Additionally, the tool serves as a graphical user interface shell to search your desired files on a Mac PC. Some tech geeks also claim that the Finder is a gateway to Mac games, files, folders or drives and it can easily help you find your desired stuff within a few seconds. A lot of tools, features and methods have undergone serious changes, after the official release of the Apple’s Yosemite OS and Finder isn’t separate from them. So here comes the question – are you making the most out of Finder in Macintosh 10.10? Well, looking out for some particular stuff, finding some crucial documents and scanning the entire drive at once can be highly challenging for an Apple beginner.

Here’s the list of some cool tips that can help you in saving quality time while searching for files in Finder.

1. Set Up a Default Folder

To save your valuable time, you should set up a folder as the default folder, which you frequently access to store your crucial files. Navigating to a particular folder quite often can be tiring and annoying experience so set it as your default and save it at a few clicks, every time you open Finder. To set a particular folder as Default, simply click on the Finder menu > select Preferences > choose your desired folder from the drop-down menu, under the New Finder windows.

2. Use Shortcut to Trash Can

Trash can accumulate tons of junk files if you do not clean it on a regular basis. The previous Finder findings, unwanted files, and other temporary folders can occupy extra space on your drive and make your Mac software slow. If you want to avoid the trouble of dragging files to the trash can and hitting Command-Delete to erase them completely, simply hit Command-Shift-Delete to empty the trash.

3. Access Home Instantly

Sometimes, the search results are so important that you feel checking each entry with a lot of concentration. You feel that the folder hierarchy in Finder is annoying you, and you want to access the Home Screen instantly, without closing any of the windows. The Yosemite OS allows users to access the Home Screen immediately by pressing the ‘Command-Shift-H’ keyboard shortcut.

4. Customize the Toolbar

Everyone loves customization, as it allows a user to transform the usage, appearance, features, and adjustments according to their convenience. If you also wish to customize the toolbar, go to View > Customize Toolbar > drag buttons to and from the toolbar and amuse yourself with a customized design. Don’t panic, if you find that you don’t like the changes you’ve made, and simply drag the default set of tools and features back to Finder tab and start again.

5. Batch renaming

With OS X Yosemite, you can now rename multiple files in a go, and this will help you to save your crucial time, while doing something urgent. To rename a batch, go to Finder > select your files > right-click and choose ‘Rename X Items’ option. Renaming features doesn’t want you to add an entirely different name to the batch; however, you can replace or add text to make changes in the current file name.

6. Use Shortcut to Add Items to Favorites

Dragging files and folders to the left sidebar of Finder for adding them to your Favorites list can be tiring. You can select a particular file or a group of items and use the ‘Command-Control-T’ keyboard shortcut to move them to your Favorites list. If you think that the list is looking cluttered or doesn’t have a proper order, then simply drag items from your Favorites list to adjust their order. Additionally, to remove any item or group of items off the Favorites list, simply drop them outside of Finder or right-click and choose ‘Remove from Sidebar’ from the contextual menu.


Hopefully, the above-mentioned list of tips will help you in using your Finder tool quickly and with higher efficiency in Mac OS X 10.7 and later versions. Apart from these tips, you can also utilize the Quick Look button to preview files, without opening another app. Some of you might think that what if you’ve selected a large group of items or a group of photos in Finder. Don’t panic as clicking on the full-screen button will help you in viewing a slideshow of your selected files. The new Finder in Apple’s Yosemite OS allows users to adjust the width of all columns at once by dragging the width of a column, under the column view. Last but not the least; make some smart folders for displaying files using pre-defined search criteria. Now you know all the possible tips that can enhance your Finder experience in any of the Mac software, so you’ll be able to use the tool in a faster and efficient way!

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