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Finding the Finder and Opening a Window

You’ve finally found a tip that tells you how to tag your files, but the tip assumes you know how to get in and out of this thing you keep reading about—the Finder. But, what, exactly, is this elusive application? And, how can you tell if you are looking at it?

The Finder launches automatically when you start up the Mac, and it’s the app you use to view and manage the files and folders stored on your drive.

If the Finder is the active app, you can to tell by looking at the menu bar. If the application menu says “Finder,” then the Finder is active .

① 	If the Finder is the active app, you’ll see Finder in the menu bar, adjacent to the Apple menu.

① If the Finder is the active app, you’ll see Finder in the menu bar, adjacent to the Apple menu.

One way to switch to the Finder from another app is to click the Finder icon in the Dock . Or you can click on your Desktop (described in Where’s My Desktop?).

② 	The Finder icon (red oval) is typically at the left (or top) of the Dock.

② The Finder icon (red oval) is typically at the left (or top) of the Dock.

Hiding Non-Finder Clutter

③ 	To hide clutter from other apps while working in the Finder, choose Finder > Hide Others.

③ To hide clutter from other apps while working in the Finder, choose Finder > Hide Others.

The Desktop

Opening a Finder Window

Although you may have files or folders showing on the Desktop, most of the time, when you want to view, open, or manage your Mac’s files and folders, you need to work in a Finder window.

To open a window, make sure that you are in the Finder and then choose File > New Finder Window . (Or, press Command-N; see Keyboard Shortcuts on the Mac.)

④ 	To open a Finder window, choose File > New Finder Window. Notice the **⌘**N to the right of the New Finder Window command, reminding you that you can issue the command using that keyboard shortcut.

④ To open a Finder window, choose File > New Finder Window. Notice the N to the right of the New Finder Window command, reminding you that you can issue the command using that keyboard shortcut.

In the window, notice that you can click an item in the left-hand sidebar to view its contents in the main portion of the window . (To toggle the sidebar’s visibility, choose View > Hide/Show Sidebar.)

⑤ 	Once you open a Finder window, click any item in the left sidebar to view its contents.

⑤ Once you open a Finder window, click any item in the left sidebar to view its contents.

Closing a Finder Window

Click the red close button at the upper left to make the window disappear.

Tip: It’s okay, and often helpful, to open more than one Finder window at once.

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