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It is sometimes frustrating having to navigate through Mac OS folders in Finders especially if you know exactly what folder to go to. The simplicity of the Mac OS X interface sometimes takes away some conveniences enjoyed by power users. In Windows I often save a file to a desired location by doing a “File Save As”, then pasting the full path of the save-to folder location to avoid having to browse for the folder.

I will show at the end of this post how to do the same in Mac OS X, a feature I found by searching the web. But first, I will show how to get folder paths in Mac OS X and quickly navigate in Finder using these paths. Folder paths if Finder are disabled by default.

Quick Folder Navigation in Finder
Step 1.

To show folder paths in Finder, open Finder and select View > Show Path Bar

The folder path is now displayed at the bottom of your Finder window.

You can navigate to specific folders within this path simply by clicking on the folder name at the bottom of the Finder window.

Step 2.

To get the full path of a folder, simply right click on the folder within Finder (or Control + Left Click), and select Get Info

Step 3.

Once the Get Info window opens up, highlight the folder path and copy it either by doing a Command + C, right clicking and selecting Copy, or Control + Left Click (so many options, I know…but I am sure you are familiar with one or more of them 🙂 )

Step 4.

With the folder path copied in your clipboard, have a Finder window open and use Command + Shift + G to bring up the “Go to the folder:” window. Paste in your folder path and click Go or hit Enter to navigate to your desired location.

File Save as to File Path

To save a file to a desired location, I often would have to navigate through folders in Finder to my desired save to location. This is a tedious process when dealing with multiple files or saving to a sub folder in an obscure location.

Step 1.

After selecting File > Save As from whatever application you are using, a Finder window pops up. This often has your last save to location, which may not be the location you want to save the file to.

With this window open, do a Command + Shift + G, which will bring up the “Go to the folder:” window.

Step 2.

Paste in your folder path and click Go or hit Enter to navigate to your desired location.

You will now be at your desired save to location allowing you to save the file without having to painstakingly navigate from one folder to the next.

I hope this is helpful to my fellow Mac users. Thanks!