Every Mac User Needs to Know This Finder Trick

Joel Lee 10-10-2016

There are many reasons to love Mac Drinking the Kool Aid: 8 Reasons People Love Their Macs When you can buy a laptop for under $500, and a Chromebook will satisfy most people's computing needs, why do people insist on spending well over $1000 on a Mac? Read More , but easy usability sits way at the top of the list. As someone who’s used every version of Windows since 95 and a handful of Linux distros throughout college, I can confidently say that Mac is the easiest OS to use.


And one reason for that is all the nifty little tricks that are scattered throughout the OS — in particular, the productive secrets that are hidden in Finder 8 Finder Tips for Mac Newbies Navigating files and folders using the native Mac file browser Finder is easy enough, but there are many more features hidden behind menus and keyboard shortcuts. Read More . And if there’s one Finder trick that you ought to learn, it’s this one: pressing Space.


If you’re a Mac newbie, you’ve probably been making the same mistake that I have: previewing images, videos, music, documents, and all other manner of files by double-clicking on them. That’s how it’s done on Windows, and it works on Mac too, so why not?

But what’s nice about Finder is that you can select a file and press Space to get an instant preview of it without launching any other apps. Why is this useful? Because you don’t waste time or system resources loading up a potentially heavy app (like Photoshop) just to preview a file.

Once you’ve mastered this, go on and check out these essential Mac keyboard tips Switching from Windows? Essential Keyboard Tips for Mac Newbies Moving from a Windows PC to a Mac can be a shock in many ways for new users, so here's a quick start guide to adjusting to a Mac keyboard layout. Read More as well as these fixes for common Mac problems 11 Quick Fixes for Common Mac Problems and Quirks Did you know many of the common Mac issues and quirks that users report can be fixed simply by changing a few settings? Read More . You’ll be glad that you did.


Did you know about this Space trick in Finder? What other tricks do you know about? What’s your favorite thing about Mac? Share with us in a comment down below!

Related topics: Mac Tricks, OS X Finder.

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  1. dee7kay
    October 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    This is indeed one of the best features of OS X. I use this very often and would never want to miss it. And even better is that you can use it in more places than just Finder. I use it to preview received email attachments, and whenever you have a little Finder window within an other app, e.g. when selecting an attachment for an email, you can take a look if the selected file is the correct one. Just plain awesome

    • Aibek Esengulov
      October 26, 2016 at 8:12 am

      one of my favorite features as well )