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How to show the full path to the current Finder folder

So, you're sitting there, looking at your Mac Finder window, and you see the file you need to work with, but wait ... what is the path to the directory you're looking at?

The Finder is a clever interface -- especially now that it sports four different views -- but at times like this, it just leaves you hanging. I run into this problem all the time when I go to upload a file using any of my web-based email clients, or when I upload a file using a web form.

MacOS: How to recover lost (deleted) system items in the Finder

There are some very interesting things you can do with the Mac Finder. Unfortunately one thing you can do is mess up the left side of the Finder (the Sidebar). Anyone with a Mac and a small child has had the "What happened to my Finder?" experience, as items on the left side of the Finder, particularly in the "Places" section, are suddenly missing.

How to bookmark a directory in the Mac Finder (Part 2)

A very important warning: When you drag your folder over to the PLACES section of the Finder, make sure your image looks like the image shown above, where the folder is clearly going to be placed between two existing folders. If you drag your folder over to the left side, and you're highlighting another folder in the PLACES section, you're going to end up moving your folder to that other folder. That's a great technique for moving your folder from one place to another, but it's not what I'm trying to describe here.

Creating Mac Finder bookmarks (Part 1)

One of the cool things about the Mac Finder is that you can create shortcuts, or bookmarks, to folders that you visit frequently. This is cool, because instead of clicking around to get to your commonly used directories, you can get to them with just one mouse click. That's as fast I can think to make it.

How to type the name of a directory in the Mac Finder

Problem: You're using the Mac Finder, and you're in one directory, and you need to move to a directory/folder that is somewhere else in the system hierarchy. It sure would be easy if you could just type in the name of the folder you want to move to, but you don't know how to do this.

Solution: Whenever you're using the Mac Finder, or other Finder-related components in Mac OS X applications, you can use this magic keystroke to let you type in the name of a directory/folder that you want to move to:

[Shift][Apple][g]

Linux find: How to search multiple directories with find

Problem: You need to use the Unix/Linux find command to search multiple folders. Specifically, you'd like to search several folders beneath your current location, but not all folders.

For example, your current directory may have 20 subdirectories, and you don't want to search them all like this:

find . -name "*.java"

or this:

Mac Finder: How to create a new folder from keyboard

It seems like every week, as I become more proficient with using Mac OS X, I learn a new keystroke or keyboard command that is helpful in making me faster. During the last week I finally learned that I can create a new folder within the current Finder folder using this keystroke:

[Shift][Apple][n]

Where to save your custom MacOS AppleScript programs

I was just working on a new AppleScript program on my Mac, when I had to remember where to install my script so I could access it from the Mac menu bar.

After digging around I saw that I installed all of my original scripts in this Mac folder:

/Library/Scripts/AlsScripts

I think I did this so my scripts would appear near the top of the list of available AppleScript programs, as shown in the following figure: