Screen Shots on a Mac

There are quite a few option available for screen shots on the Mac. This post explores all of the different options that are available.Read More...

Address Book will not sync from Mobile Me to Mac, Exception running AddressBookSync error

Having problems with syncing between your Mac and MobileMe? Explore the steps I took to correct the problem.Read More...

The Save Dialog

This explores some of the functionality specific to the Save Dialog.Read More...

The Open-Save Dialog - the Hidden Power

This explores primarily the Open Dialog, though some of the information also crosses over to the Save Dialog.Read More...

Using your Mac as a Proofreader

Find out how to use the Speech Services for proofreading.Read More...

The Finder Window-The Search Area

Here, we will take a deeper look at the Search capabilities of the Finder.Read More...

The Finder Window- Optional Click

This explores the long and sometimes laborious history of the optional click for Apple.Read More...

The Finder Window- Keyboard Shortcuts

Let's explore the helpful keyboard shortcuts for getting around the Finder Window.Read More...

The Finder Window- Controlling the Toolbar

This explores how the Toolbar of the Finder Window can be changed so it can bette meet your needs.
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The Finder Window- The Toolbar

Let's explore the Toolbar and the tools that are found on the Toolbar.
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The Finder Window- The View Area

The View Area is the heart in soul of the Finder Window. Time to take a closer look.
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The Finder Window- The Sidebar Area

Time to explore how to change which items are kept on the Sidebar of the Finder Window.
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The Finder Window- The Toolbar Area

Note: These entries are written for the Finder in Mac OS X v.10.6. If you have an earlier version of Mac OS X, much of the information will be valuable for you, but not all of the information will apply.

The top of the Findow Window

Let's take a look at the toolbar area. Some of the elements of the Toolbar Area, really are not part of the Toolbar; I just included them to make grabbing graphics easier.

The Close, Open and Maximize Buttons

These are the standard Window control elements that you have come to know and love. Let's review them anyway.


Red Gummy - Close the window.


Yellow Gummy - Minimize the Window. This puts the window in the Dock. Clicking the icon in the Dock for the window will reopen that window.


Green Gummy - This will make the window big enough to display all the current information in the window.



Current Folder Menu - Closed

This is the name of the current folder. It seems silly to mention something so obvious, but something lurks behind that is worth mentioning. When you hold down the <control> key and click on this, a menu appears showing all the inclosing folders going all the way back to the Hard Drive. In this case, it would look like this


Current Folder Menu - Open

So the EFudd folder is in the Users folder on the MacBook Pro Hard Drive on the MacBook Computer. Something else cool, lets say you wanted to open one of the enclosing folders, Users in this instant. Just slide on down to select the Users Folder and release. Voila! The User Folder now opens.

Tool toggle button

Sometime it is nice to look at just the just the main view and not have to see the tools or the SideBar. This control does that. It will change back and forward between the two views. Here is a example of the two modes.

The Finder Window with toolsThe Finder Window Without Tools
With Tools Without Tools

Time to get to the Actual Toolbar. We will explore that in The Toolbar.

The Finder Window- The Hidden Power

The Finder Window has many features, some which you probably are not using. Lets explore many of the features of the Finder Window.
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