Finder, Open, Close, Quit with Mac Lion

Finder on Mac – This application is the most important feature of a Mac.

This post is the second post “switching from PC to Mac” tutorial, after the tutorial about “Mouse and Keyboard on Mac“.

To me, as a Windows user and lover, Finder is almost similar to Windows Explorer on a PC.

If you are also a Windows user, by hearing someone mentions “Windows Explorer”, you will definitely think, “that’s very important”.

I remember a few years ago, I have terminated “Explorer” in Services, and oh boy, I lost all of my datas!

From this moment on, I soon learnt to be really careful with “Windows Explorer”.

Finder = Windows Explorer on a Mac

With Finder on a Mac, you can store all of your files, like pictures, musics, and many other documents either saved in a folder or a single file.

You can also browse them with this application, and customize how they will look here.

This application is located on the very left of your doc, shows as a blue smiley face icon.

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Finder icon

In Windows, it shows as a Windows logo on the bottom left corner.

By default, once you open a Finder window, it will show you “All My files” which contains all of your files.

You can actually change this setting by clicking “Finder Preferences”;

1. Locate “Finder” on the top left of your screen

2. Click “Finder”, and then “Preferences” (you can also use keyboard shortcuts CMD + ,

3. The Finder Preferences tab will pop up, and in “General” tab, you will see something like this screenshot:

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Finder Preferences

In the picture above, you will see you can show any items on your desktops, such as your Hard Disks, External disks, CDs, DVDs, iPods, or Connected servers.

But what we are going to do now, is customize the Finder default window when we opened it. In the drop down menu you can select what you want.

In this tutorial I would like my “Desktop” to be my default new Finder Window.

In this tutorial, I changed the setting to show “Desktop” whenever I open my Finder.

That’s it, we are done with changing Finder default window that change “All my Files” to my “Desktop”.

Actually, if you are coming from Leopard OS, you will also notice the difference on the setting.

Using Finder, and Open/Close/Quit an application on a Mac video

Opening and Closing Applications on a Mac

Opening and Closing your applications on a Mac is completely different than on PC.

Apart of the locations of the buttons, which on a PC you can find those buttons on the top right, and top left on a Mac, how they actually work, is not the same.

In Windows you can easily click the X red button to close your programs, the – button to minimize, and + button to maximize your program’s window.

When you can click the X button, and it will close the program’s window as well as quitting it. It doesn’t work this way with your mac.

In the beginning, I really needed a while to get used to it, and to be honest, I was happy with opening and closing programs on a PC.

With a Mac, you can see that the applications which are running, are having white glowing shadow on the docks. (see this screenshot, click to view a larger image).

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Running Application has glowing shadow

You will also have similar buttons like in Windows, which is X, – and + red, green and yellow buttons on the top left of your application’s window, but the functionality is slightly different.

When you click the “X” button, the program’s window is closed, but it is actually still running.

You need to choose “Quit” on your top left bar menu or using “CMD + Q” keyboard shortcuts to completely quit the running applications.

Once you quit the application, not only the window is gone, but the glowing shadow on the doc will also disappear.

For the – button, it’s same like on Windows computer, which is to minimize your application’s window to the doc.

By default, all the minimized windows will land to your right area of the docks, placed with documents, downloads folder and trash.

The right area is red highlighted in this screenshot:

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Minimized apps area is red highlighted

For the + button, you can maximize the window, but you will notice that it won’t be maximized until it covers your screen.

It will maximize the maximum width you have set. (You can do it by resizing your windows on each corner).

I hope this Finder, Opening, Closing and Quitting Application tutorial will help a bit.