How to Use the New Finder to the Fullest in OS X Mavericks on Mac

Finder Mavericks Features

With the release of OS X Mavericks, Mac users now have access to a more advanced and power-efficient operating system that is available free of charge. If you don’t have it yet on your Mac, you can check these articles to learn

how to easily upgrade to OS X Mavericks

or how to perform a more advanced,

clean install of it on your Mac


Now, for those of you who already have OS X Mavericks installed, this new OS brings an extensive number of new features to the table, some of which you might not know about.

In this entry, we will cover some of the most important ones regarding the Finder, Apple’s own version of windows explorer.

Let’s take a look at them.

Adding Tags To Your Documents and Files In Different Ways

While before you were able to somewhat categorize your files and documents in the Finder, now Mavericks puts a huge focus on tags, which you can finally use system-wide to assign different ‘filters’ to your documents and all your files.

Because of this adoption of tags, you can add them to your files in different ways. The most obvious one of course, is to use the contextual menu by right-clicking on any file.

Tags Contextual Menu

But there are a couple more. For example, you can now also add tags to any file by using the Get Info option. As you can see in the pic below, you can now add tags on the first empty field, while the Notes section that used to be in that place before has been moved to the lower part of that panel.

Tags Get Info

You can also add tags even to open files and documents. All you have to do now is click on the down-facing arrow next to the file’s name and you will have the option to edit some of its data, including its tags.

Tags Open Document

Use Tabs on Finder Windows

Raise your hand if you ever had to juggle between several open Finder windows. Having to switch between two or three of them can already be a pain, but if you have more of them open, then the situation can become a complete mess.

Thankfully, OS X Mavericks brings Finder Tabs, a feature so obvious that we all wonder why it never showed up before.

Finder Many Windows

To enable tabs on your Finder windows, you can do the following:

– If you already have several Finder windows open, then click on the Window menu on the menu bar and select Merge All Windows from the available options.

– If you only have one Finder window open, the simply press Command + T and you will create a new tab that window, just like when using a web browser.

Finder Merge All Windows
Finder Tabs

There you have them. Two nice features of OS X Mavericks that, while seemingly simple, will definitely let you be more productive on your Mac, especially since they are embedded into the system’s file manager, which makes them even more important. Enjoy your increased productivity!

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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