Path string in macOS – hidden features you might not know about


When you learn macOS, you never get tired of wondering how much detail Apple has thought about the operating system for the Mac. In this article, we will tell you not only how to enable the path bar in the Finder for more comfortable navigation, but also use its hidden capabilities 100%.

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How to display path bar in Finder on macOS?

For a long time, macOS has implemented the ability to display the entire path to the folder in which you are in Finder. Quite a handy feature both in terms of information content and in terms of navigation, because you can always quickly go to one or another previous folder. To display the path string follow these steps:

one… Open a new Finder window by tapping the corresponding icon in the Dock.

2… Go to the menu “View“And select”Show path line“Or press the keyboard shortcut Option + Command + P (⌥ + ⌘ + P).

How to display path bar in Finder on macOS?

The corresponding line will immediately appear at the bottom of the Finder window, displaying the path regardless of how you view the files (icons, list, columns or Cover Flow).

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How do I use path string interactivity?

The path string is automatically updated depending on which folder of the macOS file system you are in. You can use the path string not only to show where you are or to quickly jump to a previous folder, but also to move files. For example, if you hold down the Option key, then you will be able to quickly move files from anywhere (Finder window, desktop, and so on) to any folder in the menu bar. Just hold down the Option (⌥) key and drag the file you are interested in anywhere in the path line (I moved the image from the desktop).

How do I make the path string interactive?

Due to the detailed elaboration of the path line, it is a pleasure to interact with it. For example, if the path to the destination file is too long and does not fit into the Finder window, the system will automatically hide the end of the intermediate folders, but will always display the entire start and end folders.

How do I use path string interactivity?

It is enough to move the cursor to any such folder where the end of the name is hidden, and its full name will be displayed, accompanied by a pleasant animation. And there is no need to carry out any manipulation to resize the Finder window itself.

How do I use path string interactivity?

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How do I get the information displayed in the path bar to start from the custom folder?

By default, the path string displays the entire path, starting with the name of the drive installed on the Mac. This is quite convenient when there are several users on the Mac. But if you are the only user, then information about the name of the disk and folder with users will only bother you. The problem is fixed quite simply:

one… Open Terminal from Spotlight search (Control + space) or by opening FinderProgramsUtilitiesTerminal

2… Enter the following command and press the key Enter (Return):

defaults write com.apple.finder PathBarRootAtHome -bool TRUE; killall Finder

It was:

How do I get the information displayed in the path bar to start from the custom folder?

Became:

How do I get the information displayed in the path bar to start from the custom folder?

As you can see, the folder with the name of the hard drive and “Users” are no longer displayed in the path line. You can return everything to its original position by entering the following command in the Terminal:

defaults delete com.apple.finder PathBarRootAtHome;killall Finder

There is also an alternative way – placing the entire path in the Finder window title, and not just the current folder.

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How to enable display of the full path to a folder in the title bar of the Finder window

It was:

How to enable display of the full path to a folder in the title bar of the Finder window

Became:

How to enable display of the full path to a folder in the title bar of the Finder window

Open Terminal, enter the command below and press Enter (Return):

defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle Yes; killall Finder

You can turn off the display of the full path to the folder in the Finder with the command:

defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle No; killall Finder

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