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Using the Finder Path Bar

How to Enable and Use the Hidden Finder Pathbar


The Finder Path Bar - Using the Finder Path Bar

Use the Finder's View menu to show the Path Bar.

With the release of OS X 10.5, Apple added a new feature to Finder windows: the Path Bar. The Finder Path Bar is a small pane located at the bottom of a Finder window, just below where files and folders are listed.

As its name implies, the Path Bar shows you the path from the folder you’re currently viewing to the top of the file system. Or, to put it another way, it shows you the path you created when you clicked through the Finder to get to this folder.

In addition to its obvious use as a road map of where you’ve been and how you got from there to here, the Path Bar also serves a few other handy functions.

  • Double-clicking any of the folders in the Path Bar takes you to that folder.
  • You can move files and folders to any item in the Path Bar by simply dragging and dropping them.
  • You can copy items by holding down the Option key as you drag them, or create an alias to an item by holding down the Command + Option keys while you drag it.

Enable the Finder Path Bar

  1. The Finder Path Bar is disabled by default, but it only takes a few seconds to enable it. Start by opening a Finder window. An easy way to do this is to click the Finder icon in the Dock.
  2. With a Finder window open, select ‘Show Path Bar’ from the View menu.
  3. The Path Bar will now display in all of your Finder windows.

The Finder Path Bar can be a handy shortcut when working with files and folders. Give this nifty new feature a try.

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