Mojave Finder Tips

I have been using the new Finder in macOS Mojave off and on with the excellent Pathfinder App. Recently, I decided the Finder has come of age in Mojave, enough so that I stopped using Pathfinder altogether. During my exclusive Finder use I have managed to find fixes for a couple of annoying things in the Mac Finder. You may be familiar with these, but hopefully they will be helpful to you.

Finder Tips

After I started using the Finder exclusively I noted something that was very annoying to me. Every time I open a Finder window in Column View (my preferred viewing mode) it defaulted to a very narrow column for my Applications or Documents or whatever folder I was viewing:

Narrow Column View
Narrow Column View

So, I would widen the Column by double-clicking on the small hash marks at the bottom of the Column divider and it would move to a more useable size for reading.

Then, I remembered an old Finder trick from days gone by. If you hold down the Option ⌥ key while you are resizing the Column, it will open your Columns at the new size of your choice in all future Finder windows:

Column Resize Fix
Column Resize Fix

This trick should work in most previous versions of macOS. However, if it does not, substitute the Command ⌘ key for the Option Key and give it a try. So, one annoying Finder feature gone and one more to go.

Where do you usually go when you open a Finder window? I suppose many people just have the Finder open their User Home Folder, I think that is the macOS Default. My typical Finder behavior is going into the Documents Folder about 80% of the time, YMMV of course. I remembered there is a way to set the Finder to open into whatever Folder you prefer. This setting is found in Finder Preferences:

Finder Preferences
Finder Preferences

If you click on the Drop Down you will get the obvious choices which includes an “Other” selection for navigating to less than obvious locations:

Finder Preferences Drop Down
Finder Preferences Drop Down

I have selected the Documents Folder for my workflow. If I need to go elsewhere I can just navigate there. But, when I go into the Finder I am most often in the Documents Folder.

Conclusion

The macOS Finder has come a long way from its origins. People have complained about how lame the macOS Finder is for many years. However, I think the Finder has come of age with its Tabbed Interface, Quick Actions and many other features. I am anxious to see what improvements the next macOS 10.15 will bring to the Finder App.