Tips and Tricks on Getting the Most Out of Apple’s New Mac OS Mavericks

OS X Mavericks, Apple’s newest operating system is named after a beach in California, and although it is not drastically different than Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), Mac users can take advantage of many cool new features.  We will be discussing how you can tap into the new features Mavericks has to offer.

Although Apple’s new, free update to OS X Mavericks has brought many new useful features to Mac users there are a few things that do not work the way it did previously. We will also touch on how to get around these changes.

 

Finder:

The new Finder in Mavericks offers many advantages including better ways to organize files and media via tabbed browsing and allowing you to tag your files directly in the Finder.  These types of changes will mostly benefit Mac power users, however these modifications to the OS strive to polish the user experience continuing Apple’s quest for perfection.

This feature is similar to Web browsers, and you can have different views of the file system in the same window, instead of having multiple, separate windows open at the same time.  You can create a new Tab by pressing Command-T or choosing the new Tab option under the File menu, from there you can navigate to the specific folder of interest.

You can copy or move files from one folder to another by dragging files and folders to the different tabs, instead of having to open and manage separate windows and dragging files between them.

 

 

 

Steps to Use the Tabbing Feature in the Finder:

 

  • Go to the destination folder,
  • Create a new tab, and then
  • Go to the files of interest. From here, you can
  • Drag them to the tab of the destination folder to
  • Copy, move, or make aliases of them (holding either the Shift, Control, or Option keys depending on the function) in this new location.[1]

 

While this is one basic use of the new tabs feature, if you end up using it you might wish to better manage the tabs and windows you create. To do this, there are several options available.  Topher Kessler in a recent CNET article, Managing tabbed Finder browsing in OS X Mavericks, spells out exactly how to use and manage this feature efficiently.[2]

 

How to Navigate Between Tabs

  • Click on the Tab to get to the desired Tab
  • Press the Control key and tapping the right arrow to go to the Tab on the right
  • Press Shift-Control to navigate in the reverse direction

 

Merge Windows Into Tabs

If you have multiple windows open, you can combine them into one window by, going to the Window menu in the Finder and choosing the option to “Merge All Windows.”

 

Arrange Tabs

Click and drag Tabs to maneuver them around the Finder window.

 

Moving Tabs To Different Windows

In addition to moving Tabs around in the same window, you can drag Tabs from one window to another.

 

Creating A New Window From A Tab

  • Click and drag the tab off of the Finder window
  • Use the “Move Tab to New Window” option in the under the Window menu
  • Right-click the Tab and choose the “Move Tab to New Window” option from the contextual menu[3]

 

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Tags:

Along with Tabs in the Finder, Apple has also added a tagging feature. Tagging works to categorize your files everywhere across the Mac, and the tags also appear in the sidebar of the Finder.

Tags allow you group files and organize them; OS X Mavericks by default provides several different colored tags for you to help classify your files but you can customize and create your own.[4] Now documents can be tagged for different categories such as “In-Progress,” “Important,” or “School.”  This means you can tags for any group of content you want to be able to call up quickly no matter where they reside on your Mac drive.

 

Mavericks prompts you to add a tag when you save a document, but you can also assign tags by dragging and dropping files into a tag category folder in the Finder. The tags you create on your also Mac carry over to your iCloud. The tags are meant as a more efficient way to both organize and categorize your files. Multiple tags can be added to one file, and you can search by tags too. [5]

 

This recent change demonstrates a move toward creating similarity between OS X and iOS, as Apple is beginning to move beyond a traditional file structure on OS X, the way it is on iOS.  When you use tagged documents and media, it does not matter where they are located, in fact it does not need to follow traditional protocols involving the “location” of files in virtual spaces. One really convenient feature of Mavericks is that you can easily drag files to your tags in the sidebar from the Finder window to assign them tags.

 

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Safari:

In addition to a much faster Safari that uses minimal memory and CPU power, which also results in a net increase in battery life. Mavericks new Safari has included many new tools that Mac users work with to organize their files and make their experience a seamless one.

These updates include:

 

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Organize your social media with sidebars for bookmarks, your Reading List, and Shared Links from social networks.

 

 

Streamline your workflow and daily routine with OS X Mavericks new notifications. This feature allows you to respond to texts, emails, and FaceTime calls right from the Notification Center.  You can also make your day super efficient by using the notifications features similar to iOS, which will now appear on your desktop. You can stay on top of all your current events with news websites being able to send you breaking news notifications like they can on iOS, even if Safari isn’t running.Another time-friendly detail is that apps from the Mac App Store will now automatically update. Afterwards you will be able to see notifications for everything you that updated on the login screen – mirroring the iPhone’s lock screen.[6]  These changes in Mavericks can help to make the most of your workday to make you as productive as you need to be.

 

 


[1] Kessler, Topher. November 15, 2013. Managing tabbed Finder browsing in OS X Mavericks. CNET. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-17612643-263/managing-tabbed-finder-browsing-in-os-x-mavericks/. February 23, 2014.

2 Kessler, Topher. November 15, 2013. Managing tabbed Finder browsing in OS X Mavericks. CNET. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57612643-263/managing-tabbed-finder-browsing-in-os-x-mavericks/. February 23, 2014.

3 Kessler, Topher. November 15, 2013. Managing tabbed Finder browsing in OS X Mavericks. CNET. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57612643-263/managing-tabbed-finder-browsing-in-os-x-mavericks/. February 23, 2014.

4 Kessler, Topher. November 15, 2013. Managing tabbed Finder browsing in OS X Mavericks. CNET. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57612643-263/managing-tabbed-finder-browsing-in-os-x-mavericks/. February 23, 2014.

[5] Etherington, Darrell. October 24, 2013. OS X Mavericks Review: Apple’s Mac Operating System Has A Need For Speed. TechCrunch. http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/24/os-x-mavericks-review/. February 23, 2014.

[6] Etherington, Darrell. October 24, 2013. OS X Mavericks Review: Apple’s Mac Operating System Has A Need For Speed. TechCrunch. http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/24/os-x-mavericks-review/. February 23, 2014.