Mac101 – Finder Path Bar

If you do a moderate amount of navigating in the macOS Finder, then the Path Bar can be very helpful. I have used it for years. It will save you time and effort. Let’s take a look at how to activate and use the Path Bar.

Finder Path Bar

This is a Finder window in El Capitan with the Path Bar activated:


You can see the Path Bar at the bottom of the window. There is an informational path along the top of the Finder Window showing where you are. If you are not using the Path Bar you should be. You can activate it in the “View Menu”:

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When it is activated the Path Bar appears. Besides showing your file level in the Finder you can navigate to any folder up the Path. All you have to do is double-click it, and you are taken to that folder. Here I double-clicked on the “Users” folder:

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The Finder just takes you back into the folder you double-click on. This handy feature beats scrolling all over the Finder trying to get somewhere.

To be clear, there are a couple of other ways to move up the Path Bar chain. One way is the Command Key ⌘ + ↑ (up arrow). That will move your up the Path Bar chain. You can also right+click the Finder toolbar and use “Customize Toolbar” to add a Path Button:

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If you click on the Path Button, you get a drop down showing the Finder path to you current location.

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You can select any item on the path to navigate there.


I hope you see that activating the Path Bar in the macOS Finder is a good idea. It will save you time and effort.