Managing files and folders in Mac is a bit different than file management on a Windows PC. Let’s check out how to do it. Start by clicking the Finder icon on your Mac dock.

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Here’s what the Finder looks like when it opens.

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The pane at the left is your navigation pane. You’ll see the contents of the folders you click on in the center pane.

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You have several options for displaying items in the center pane.  You’ll find the controls at the top of the Finder windows.

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Your first option is to show items as icons.

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Your next choice is to show items as a list.

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You can also choose to see items displayed in columns.

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Your final view choice is to display items in a gallery.

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Next to that is the icon for grouping folders. You can choose to sort items by Name, Kind, Date Last Opened, Date Added, Date Modified, Date Created, Size, or Tags.

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To search within Finder, just use the search box at the top right.

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Tomorrow, we’ll look at more options for using Finder.