How to organise files on a MacBook Pro

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How to organise files on a MacBook Pro
Shifting files around on your MacBook Pro is a piece of cake. (Courtesy of Apple Inc.)

If you're not paying attention to where you're storing files on your Apple MacBook Pro, it won't be long until your hard drive becomes a little messy. Although Apple's Mac OS makes it relatively easy to locate the files and folders you're looking for, you'll save a lot of time and effort if you know where the content you need to access on a regular basis is. Fortunately, reorganising the files saved on your laptop is a straightforward process.

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    Click on the "Finder" icon from your MacBook Pro's "Dock." Your Finder icon will typically be located on the far left-hand side of your dock. It features a smiley face. You'll be presented with a Finder window showing all the folder locations on your hard drive. Maximise your Finder window for ease of navigation.

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    Find out where all your files and sub-folders are stored by clicking on the locations in the left-hand pane of your Finder window. If you want to track down a specific file or folder, type its title in the "Search" box at the top of your Finder window and press "Enter." You'll be taken directly to the file or folder you want to find.

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    Select a file you want to move to a new location by clicking on it and press "cmd" and "C" on your keyboard. To move your chosen file to its new home, press "cmd," "option" and "V." You can drag and drop files to new locations in your Finder window by holding down the "Command" key while moving your content.

Tips and warnings

  • You can import files from external devices and drives by connecting them to your MacBook Pro and selecting the "Devices" option in the left-hand pane of your Finder window.

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