Working with Files

Use the OS X file manager to work with various files on your computer.

Moving and deleting files

As you begin using your computer, you will start to collect more and more files, which can make it more difficult to find the files you need. Fortunately, OS X allows you to move files to different folders and delete files you longer use.

To move a file:

It's easy to move a file from one location to another. For example, you might have a file on the desktop that you want to move to your Documents folder.

  1. Click and drag the file to the desired location.


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  2. Release the mouse. The file will appear in the new location. In this example, we have opened the folder to see the file in its new location.
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You can use this same technique to move an entire folder. Note that moving a folder will also move all of the files within that folder.

To create a new folder:

  1. Within Finder, select Fileright-arrowNew Folder from the Menu bar near the top-left corner of the screen. Alternatively, you can press Command+N on your keyboard.
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  2. The new folder will appear. Type the desired name for the folder, and press Enter. In our example, we'll call it Finance.
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  3. The new folder will be created. You can now move files into this folder.

To rename a file or folder:

You can change the name of any file or folder. A unique name will make it easier to remember what type of information is saved in the file or folder.

  1. Click the file or folder, wait about one second, then click again. An editable text field will appear.
  2. Type the desired name on your keyboard, and press Enter. The name will be changed.
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To delete a file or folder:

If you no longer need to use a file, you can delete it. When you delete a file, it is moved to the Trash. If you change your mind, you can move the file from the Trash back to its original location. If you're sure you want to permanently delete the file, you will need to empty the Trash.

  1. Click and drag the file or folder to the Trash icon on the Dock. Alternatively, you can select the file and press Command+Delete on your keyboard.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksDragging a file to the Trash
  2. To permanently delete the file, click and hold the Trash icon, then select Empty Trash. All files in the Trash will be permanently deleted.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksEmptying the Trash

Note that deleting a folder will also delete all of the files within that folder.