How To Find Your Folder Location In The Finder on the Mac

Posted in How To, Mac, macOS on 14/04/2017 by Chris Hauk

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Have you ever gotten lost while browsing 12 folders deep on your hard drive in a Finder window on your Mac? Here’s quick way to tell exactly where in the directory you actually are.

How To Find Your Folder Location In The Finder on the Mac

How To Find Your Folder Location In The Finder on the Mac

Instead of trying to figure out where you’re at by clicking the Path icon in your toolbar, just set your preferences to show the Path Bar, so you’ll always know exactly where you are.

The Path Bar will show where exactly you are in your file structure, leading all the way back to the drive’s root directory. This feature is turned off by default. However, it’s easy to turn on.

When in the Finder, click “View” -> “Show Path Bar” in the Finder menu as shown below:

How To Find Your Folder Location In The Finder on the Mac

After selecting this option you’ll see your current folder location on the hard drive in the Status Bar at the bottom of the Finder window, as seen below:

How To Find Your Folder Location In The Finder on the Mac

Double click on any folder listed in the path that bar to be taken directly to that folder. This feature is available in all Finder window views which include Icon, List, Column, and Cover Flow.

For more tips and tricks on how to make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

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