You need to understand and use Mac OS X smart folders. In fact, smart folders Mac OS X can improve your efficiency and preserve your sanity.
People who succeed with their Mac do two things well:
First, they can create a functional folder and file hierarchy.
Second, they can quickly find the files they need.
But you're probably wondering:
How do I accomplish those things? I never know where I'm saving my documents and I never can find them at a later date.
I can help you work faster and smarter on your Mac using the following two tools.
Default Folder X 5
This essential Mac OS app was recently updated to work with High Sierra.
Users equipped with the latest release of Default Folder X can copy and move files in dialog boxes. Also, the app supports taps in the Finder app.
Default Folder saves time by allowing you to set the default location to save files to your Mac on a per-application basis.
It gets better:
Default Folder X increases the functionality of "Open" and "Save" dialogs throughout OS X and supported applications.
This means that you can save your files where you want them to be saved, not where OS X forces you to save them.
Also, you can open your files from any location, without the restrictions that come with the OS X "Open" dialog.
Want to know the best part?
You can buy Default Folder X 5 directly from St. Clair Software, without paying extra money to a middleman. Also, you can download the latest version as a torrent (This site neither hosts nor links to torrents).
In the future, you may find a complete review of Default Folder X at brucetyson.com, so come back soon.
Smart Folders Mac OS X
Smart folders give you a way to quickly access files on your Mac, regardless of where they happen to be stored.
They can be created based on file size, date, type, contents, and a variety of other parameters.For expedience, I'll list some of the essential smart folders that I use during the course of business, and for clients.
Find large files with Smart Folders
Built-in SSDs have improved the speed of Macs, but they also cause persistent challenges regarding disk space.
With this in mind, having the ability to quickly find space hogs can speed the process of freeing disk space. Smart Folders Mac OS X can help.
To create this Smart Folder, go to Finder and then click "File" and then "New Smart Folder."
On the left side of the file window you will see "Search:" followed by "This Mac", your home directory, and then "Shared."
If you want to search your entire computer, click "This Mac."
Next, click the plus sign (+) to the right. This action opens a criteria bar, below the "Search" bar.
Here, you'll see standard options including:
- Last Opened Date
- Last Modified Date
- Created Date
To access the "File Size" descriptor, choose "other." Now you'll see a large window pop up containing a slew of searchable criteria. Simply type "file size" in the search box and you'll see it appear in the window. Select it and click OK.
Enter your file size criteria based on "Greater Than" and then enter your numeric quantifier in the box to the right. For example, suppose you want quick access to review files bigger than 500 MB. Simply type "500" in the box and then choose "MB" from the drop-down box to the right.
Don't forget this step:
Click the "Save" button all the way to the right of your finder window. If you don't do this, you'll only get to use this Smart Folder Mac OS X only once!
More Smart Folders Mac OS X
Now that you've seen how to create a smart folder for file size, you can easily repeat the process for other criteria. Here's a list of the ones I use the most:
- Sniff out .DMG installer files.
- Discover unused apps.
- Filter files by one or more tags.
- View recently created documents.
- See your iPhone photos separately from your Mac Photos.
Do you have questions?
This overview of Default Folder X 5 and Smart Folders OS X was brief, so you might have questions about one or both of these productivity enhancers.
I can answer many questions for free. Of course, my services for extensive troubleshooting and problem solving are avaialble at reasonable rates.
Contact me by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of my team will contact you within 24 hours, with possible exceptions on weekends and holidays.