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How to use Mac.
The Finder is the first thing that you see when your Mac finishes starting up. It opens automatically and stays open as you use other apps. It includes the Finder menu bar at the top of the screen and the desktop below that. It uses windows and icons to show you the contents of your Mac, iCloud Drive, and other storage devices. It's called the Finder because it helps you to find and organize your files.
Open windows and files
To open a window and see the files on your Mac, switch to the Finder by clicking the Finder icon (pictured above) in the Dock. Switching to the Finder also reveals any Finder windows that might be hidden behind the windows of other apps. Learn more window actions, including how to resize, close , minimize , or maximize a window.
When you see a document, app, or other file that you want to open, just double-click it.
Change how files are viewed in windows
If you prefer to view your files as an alphabetical list instead of as icons, choose View > as List from the Finder menu bar, or use the View buttons at the top of the window. You can also view files in columns or using Cover Flow. Learn more about the ways to view your files.
Use the sidebar in windows
The sidebar in Finder windows contains shortcuts to AirDrop, commonly used folders, iCloud Drive, devices such your hard drives, and more. Like items in the Dock, items in the sidebar open with just one click.
To change the items in your sidebar, choose Finder > Preferences from the Finder menu bar, then click Sidebar at the top of the preferences window. You can also drag files into or out of the sidebar. Learn more about customizing the sidebar.
To create a folder:
To move a folder or file into another folder:
To change the name of a folder:
Some folders can't be renamed, including these:
Search for files
To search from a Finder window, use the search field in the corner of the window: