Working with Finder

Learn how to use the OS X Mavericks 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, tag files and folders, and unmount drives that are connected to your computer.

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 tag it.

To create a new folder:

  1. Navigate to the location where you want to create the new folder.
  2. Right-click, then select New Folder.

    Screenshot of OS X MavericksRight-clicking to create a new folder
  3. Type the desired name for your folder.

    Screenshot of OS X MavericksTyping 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.
    Screenshot of OS X MavericksThe highlighted folder name
  2. Type the desired name for the folder.
    Screenshot of OS X MavericksTyping a new name for the folder


OS X Mavericks introduces a new feature called tags, which are similar to labels in earlier versions of OS X. Tags make it easy to organize your files and folders into different categories so you can find them quickly. Unlike labels, you can apply multiple tags to a file or folder.

To tag files and folders:

  1. Right-click the file or folder, then select the desired tag. You can also apply multiple tags if desired.

    Screenshot of OS X MavericksTagging a folder
  2. The tag will be applied.

    Screenshot of OS X MavericksThe tagged folder
  3. To quickly view tagged items, select the desired tag in the Finder sidebar. Any items with that tag will appear.
    Screenshot of OS X MavericksBrowsing tagged items

You can also tag multiple items at the same time. To do this, press and hold the Command button while selecting the desired items, click the Tag button, then select the desired tag(s).

Screenshot of OS X MavericksTagging multiple files at the same time

Customizing tags

OS X Mavericks makes it easy to customize your tags. For example, you can rename default tags, choose a new tag color, or even create your own tags. Simply open the Finder Preferences, then click Tags. From here, you can customize your tags as desired.

Screenshot of OS X MavericksCustomizing tags