How to Use the New Finder in macOS Mojave

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Finder, the file management app at the core of macOS, has more or less stayed the same over the years. But in macOS Mojave, new tools have arrived to make Finder a more productive space where you can get things done.How to Use the New Finder in macOS Mojave

You'll find all of these tools by exploring Gallery View, a new way to browse files. It's tailored to photographers and other image editing folks, and even presents image metadata in a sidebar. 

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The next part of the upgraded finder is how Quick Actions allow you to edit and alter images and other files on the fly, so you don't always need to open applications to get things done. Here's how to make the most of Finder's new tools:

1. In a Finder window (Cmd+N creates a new one) you'll see a new button for Gallery View. It's the fourth item in the group of view buttons.

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2. Scroll through the strip of icons at the bottom of the screen to navigate Gallery View.How to Use the New Finder in macOS Mojave

3. Quick Action commands reside in the bottom right corner of a Gallery View window, and allow you to edit your file without opening another app. For example, clicking Rotate left will turn the image 90 degrees to the left. Rotate left is not available for all file formats. For example, Adobe's .psd format doesn't support this option.

How to Use the New Finder in macOS Mojave

4. And if you click the Markup button...How to Use the New Finder in macOS Mojave

5. You open up all of the editing tools in Markup, including crop, draw and add signature. Click Done to save your modifications. You can also find these tools in Quick Look mode, by clicking Space after selecting an item, and clicking the Markup icon.How to Use the New Finder in macOS Mojave

6. One you've finished your Markup masterpiece, click the Share button to send it to another app. How to Use the New Finder in macOS Mojave

7. But don't forget about the More... button in Gallery View, which brings up other options.How to Use the New Finder in macOS Mojave

8. Such as creating PDFs from images. But if you click Customize...How to Use the New Finder in macOS Mojave

9. You'll see the other options available, which you can enable by clicking the boxes next to them. Also, expect developers to create new actions that can be added for third party apps.
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Congrats, you're all caught up on the biggest changes to Finder in macOS Mojave!

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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