Merge on Apple Mac Finder window and use as tabs

If you work on the Apple Mac with a large number of files that you have stored in different folders, then there are various ways to make this work more efficient. On the one hand, files belonging to the same project could be tagged accordingly and then used to call up all the necessary materials. On the other hand, one could forget this and then several Finder- Facing windows that drive you insane. As I have now noticed - certainly much too late for real power users - you can merge Finder windows and use them as tabs. And here you can find out how it works.

On the Apple Mac, you can merge multiple Finder windows into one and simply use the folders as tabs. This simplifies working with different storage locations.
On the Apple Mac, you can merge multiple Finder windows into one and simply use the folders as tabs. This simplifies working with different storage locations.

Use Finder tabs instead of multiple windows: Here's how!

Since I haven't been working with macOS for so long compared to many of you, the possibilities of the Finder tabs were unknown to me until recently. If you also always have to struggle with many folders in individual windows, then simply proceed as follows to summarize:

  1. Selects one of the windows so that the Finder the active app is (recognizable by "Finder" to the right of the Apple logo in the menu bar)
  2. Now click on the point in the menu bar Window an
  3. Choose from its menu Merge all windows from

Always show the tab bar in the Finder: This is how you activate the plus symbol

However, it is rather unwieldy to always open several Finder windows first and then merge them via the menu. Mainly because there is no keyboard shortcut available for this. Therefore, the tab bar can be displayed permanently. So you can add folders directly via the plus symbol of the same. In this way you activate the tab bar:

  1. Brings up a Finder window or the desktop so that "Finder" is to the right of the Apple logo in the menu bar
  2. Now click on the point in the menu bar presentation an
  3. Choose from their menu Show tab bar from

Ten-year-old feature discovered by accident

Lynne and Jens call me im Sir Apfelot Newsreel Podcast Yes, as a power user who knows how to solve any of his Mac and iPhone problems and then writes about these solutions. The truth is, though, sometimes I just stumble upon these little tips and tricks, try them, and then think about where they might be practically applicable. 

And so, after years of using the Mac, I recently noticed that you can use tabs in the Finder for the first time because I was watching the presentation of OS X Mavericks at WWDC 2013. So the feature has been around for ten years, but I had no idea. You never stop learning... Why did I watch the Mavericks presentation? Look here: OS X 10.9 Mavericks - Everything you need to know.

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1 comment on “Merge on Apple Mac Finder window and use as tabs”

  1. Hello, Sir Apfelot,
    the trick was actually new to me - an old Mac user - and at first I was quite happy about your tip.
    Unfortunately, I have very deep folder structures that are so long that the tabs are not enough, because they all start with "/Users/xxx/Documents/dropbox/...."
    The exciting and interesting information about which folder is actually open now no longer fits there.

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