The Finder Path Bar is usually an overlooked function of the Finder window. But let me tell you, if you are like me – someone who has a ton of files stored in your Mac or someone who is anal retentive in organizing the files into as many subfolders as possible – using the Finder Path Bar can be invaluable and a time saver.
Most people have their own way of organizing files. You have your own system and on some days it may not make sense even to you. What’s worse is if you are using someone else’s Mac or someone is using yours. Finding files and folders can be extremely tricky.
Sure, you can use Spotlight or Search function of Finder, but you may need a ton of files and you may need files that are located in several folders and subfolders. So you don’t keep on searching every single time, it is better to use the Finder Path Bar. It will show you the path or the direction you headed as you created that files. It will list all the directories and folders from the main hard drive to the folder your file is located. It’s a road map.
The Finder Path Bar is normally located on the bottom of your Finder window. It is also disabled by default. To enable it, open a Finder window and select View. Click Show Path Bar. The Path Bar should now be visible.
Aside from showing you the roadmap, the Path bar has several functions. Double clicking any of the folders along the path will open that folder for you. You can move files to any folder along the path by just click-dragging it to whichever folder along the path you so desire. By holding the Command + Option while dragging the files to a folder along the path, you will be copying that file to said folder.