Mac Equivalent Of Windows Explorer

1/6/2022by admin

File Explorer is the default file manager app in Windows operating system that has been around for years. In most cases, it's the first choice for Windows users when it comes to using a file browser.

Parallels Desktop users tend to the on the cutting edge of what is happening in both the Mac and the Windows worlds. Two proof points: by far, the most used Mac OS by Parallels Desktop 11 users is Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) (Figure 1), and the most used guest OS in Parallels Desktop 11 is Windows 10. (Figure 2)

  1. Just to be precise, the Finder doesn't replace Windows Explorer; Windows Explorer was Microsoft's attempt to duplicate the functionality of the Finder. The Finder was a feature on the Mac in 1984, long before Windows Explorer. – Daniel ♦ Feb 13 '12 at 14:51.
  2. Learn to Love the Ribbon. (This is the most important of the three tips!) Microsoft introduced the.
  3. For sorting folders on top, try out TotalFinder for Mac. If you want to override the behavior of the Mysterious Green Button and make it a proper maximize button hold down the option key when you click it.

Figure 1: Mac Host OSes of Parallels Desktop 11 users.

Figure 2: Guest OSes used in Parallels Desktop 11.

This enables the Parallels Desktop user to take advantage of the latest features and tips in these OSes.

While Mac users know their way around in the Mac Finder pretty well, I thought a few tips about the Windows 10 equivalent of the Mac Finder, the Windows Explorer—now sometimes called the Windows File Explorer—would help users get the most out of Windows 10 in Parallels Desktop. Here are my three favorite tips:

Tip #1: Learn to Love the Ribbon

(This is the most important of the three tips!)

Microsoft introduced the Ribbon in Office for Windows 2007, and it has become a pervasive user interface feature in many, many Microsoft products since then. The Ribbon supplants or replaces the toolbar & menus that have been in Windows since the prehistoric days of Windows 3. Even WordPad, the lowliest of word processors in the Microsoft ecosystem now has a Ribbon. (Figure 3)

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In Windows 10, the Windows Explorer has a Ribbon, and learning to use it is probably the most important tip in effective and efficient use of Windows 10. Figure 4 shows the Windows Explorer Ribbon when viewing my Documents folder in a Windows 10 VM.

Figure 4: The Windows Explorer Ribbon.

Explore all of the tabs in the Windows Explorer Ribbon. Chances are you will find some useful features there that you didn’t even know the Windows Explorer had. For example, I found Copy Path and History, features that I did not know about before. (Figure 5)

Figure 5: Finding features you didn’t know about in the Ribbon.

Also note that some tabs are only visible when certain types of documents are selected. Figure 6 shows the additional tabs when either a picture or a compressed folder is selected.

Tip #2: Turn on the Shared Cloud setting to increase the utility of the Windows Explorer right-click menu.

Since you are using Windows 10 in Parallels Desktop, you can increase the usefulness of the Windows Explorer right-click menu by enabling the Shared Cloud setting in Windows 10 Configuration dialog. This will put pinned links to iCloud Drive, Photo Stream, and Dropbox (assuming you have those on your Mac). While I do user iCloud Drive and Photo Stream a bit, Dropbox has been the lifesaver utility on all my Macs, PCs, and VMs for years. Being able to open the shared Dropbox folder in Windows 10 with a single click is a real timesaving convenience.

Figure 7: Enable Shared Cloud to make the Windows Explorer right click menu even more useful.

Tip #3: Use the Search tab when you can’t find a file.

It’s pretty easy to lose track of where you created or where you moved a file. (At least, it happens to me a lot.) The contextually-appearing Search tab is your friend in these cases. To get the Search tab to appear, just click in the Search Documents field in the right side of a Windows Explorer window, and then search away. (Figure 8)

Figure 8: Click in the ‘Search Documents’ field to reveal the Search tab.

If you are sharing any of your Mac folders with Windows, those Mac folders will be searched also.

I hope you find these tips useful! Please mention your Windows 10 Explorer tips in the comments, or feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Finder is the first thing that you see when your Mac finishes starting up. It opens automatically and stays open as you use other apps. It includes the Finder menu bar at the top of the screen and the desktop below that. It uses windows and icons to show you the contents of your Mac, iCloud Drive, and other storage devices. It's called the Finder because it helps you to find and organize your files.

Change how your files are displayed

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To change how files are displayed in Finder windows, use the View menu in the menu bar, or the row of buttons at the top of the Finder window. You can view files as icons , in a list , in columns , or in a gallery . And for each view, the View menu provides options to change how items are sorted and arranged, such as by kind, date, or size. Learn more about customizing views.

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Gallery View, showing the sidebar on the left and the Preview pane on the right.

When you view files in a gallery, you can browse your files visually using large previews, so it's easy to identify images, videos, and all kinds of documents. Gallery View even lets you play videos and scroll through multipage documents. Earlier versions of macOS have a similar but less powerful gallery view called Cover Flow .

The sidebar in Finder windows contains shortcuts to AirDrop, commonly used folders, iCloud Drive, devices such your hard drives, and more. Like items in the Dock, items in the sidebar open with just one click.

To change the items in your sidebar, choose Finder > Preferences from the Finder menu bar, then click Sidebar at the top of the preferences window. You can also drag files into or out of the sidebar. Learn more about customizing the sidebar.

Search for files


To search with Spotlight, click the magnifying glass in the menu bar, or press Command–Space bar. Spotlight is similar to Quick Search on iPhone or iPad. Learn more about Spotlight.

To search from a Finder window, use the search field in the corner of the window:

When you select a search result, its location appears at the bottom of the window. To get to this view from Spotlight, choose “Search in Finder” or “Show all in Finder” from the bottom of the Spotlight search results.

In both Spotlight and Finder, you can use advanced searches to narrow your search results. You can also use tags to organize and find files.

Delete files

To move a file to the Trash, drag the file to the Trash in the Dock. Or select one or more files and choose File > Move To Trash (Command-Delete).

To remove a file from the Trash, click the Trash to open it, then drag the file out of the Trash. Or select the file and choose File > Put Back.

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To delete the files in the Trash, choose File > Empty Trash. The storage space used by those files then becomes available for other files. In macOS Sierra, you can set up your Mac to empty the trash automatically.

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