Working with Finder

Learn how to use the OS X Lion Finder feature to improve your knowledge of the Apple operating system.

Working with files and folders

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Now that you know how to use Finder, you can learn how to create new folders, add shortcuts to the desktop, delete files, color-code folders, and unmount drives that are connected to your computer.

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Creating and modifying folders

As you organize your files, you'll need to create new folders from time to time. Most of the time, you'll be creating folders within other folders, but you can also put them directly on the desktop. Once you've created a folder, you can change its name or color-code it.

To create a new folder:

  1. Navigate to the location where you want to create the new folder.
  2. Right-click and select New Folder.
    Right-clicking to create a new folderRight-clicking to create a new folder
  3. Type the desired name for your folder.
    Typing a name for the folderTyping a name for the folder

You can also create a folder by clicking File in the menu bar and selecting New Folder.

To rename a folder:

  1. Click on the folder once to select it (do not double-click), then press the Return or Enter key. The folder name should now be highlighted.
    The highlighted folder nameThe highlighted folder name
  2. Type the desired name for the folder.
    Typing a new name for the folderTyping a new name for the folder

To color-code a folder:

  1. Right-click the folder icon and select the desired color.
    Choosing a folder colorChoosing a folder color
  2. The folder name will now show the new color.
    The folder name with the new colorThe folder name with the new color