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New to Mountain Lion: cannot see folder structure

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Ocean 17 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Dec 29, 2012 7:19 PM

Hi,

 

 

I just started out today with Mountain Lion, coming from Snow Leopard.

 

I have my old computer in target disc mode and am pulling files onto my new computer.

 

 

Problem: I can't seem to find any folders.

 

All I see are the "favorites".

 

I cannot see any folder tree. When I click on "Applications", I see the applications, but I cannot navigate out of "Applications".

 

 

In Snow Leopard I would see one level of folders, and could click myself to other levels.

 

I know that Mountain Lion has a single level folder structure.

 

But how do you find your stuff other than looking for them by keyword search?

 

I can't even navigate to the home library folder.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 512 Gb SSD, 16 Gb RAM
  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Dec 29, 2012 7:41 PM (in response to Ocean 17)

    The Home Library is hidden in ML.

    Go to your Finder "Go" menu hold the option key to choose "Library".

    Then you can drag that Library folder to your Sidebar for easy access.

  • Arc676 Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 3:22 AM (in response to Ocean 17)

    Maybe you have a view that doesn't show folders? You can add any folder you want onto the sidebar, and click on it to access it. You can also set the default folder to one you use often, for example, "documents". If you use the "columns" view, it will probably be easier to navigate your folders.

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to Ocean 17)

    Ocean 17 wrote:

     

    In Snow Leopard you could always navigate from one folder to another until you found what you were looking for.

     

    In Mountain Lion you seem to have to know where you are going and can only reach your destination through keyword search.

     

    Is this really so?

    No, the file hierarcy in ML is the same as it always was and navigation is the same, with the exception of ~/Library that I mentioned. I'm not sure where you're getting tripped up... a screenshot might help.

     

    Spotlight is also more helpful. Hold cmd-option with the file open in Spotlight's QuickLook and the file path will be revealed on the bottom.

  • the0pticnerve Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 7:44 AM (in response to Ocean 17)

    Perhaps you are reffering to column view? Click here:

     

    Screen Shot 2012-12-30 at 10.39.28 AM.png

  • Arc676 Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 12:34 AM (in response to Ocean 17)

    If you want to see library, users, etc. on the left column, go to "computer" or whatever your computer's name is. To do this, click on the "go" menu and click "computer".

    An alternative method, which is faster, is to press shift+cmd+c on your keyboard. This will take you to a screen with an icon of your computer with, for example, "My MacBook Pro". In the right, if the computer icon is clicked on, you see those folders.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 4:38 AM (in response to Ocean 17)

    If you cannot see the Sidebar, go to the View menu and select Show Sidebar.

     

    Or, do you see the Sidebar, but selecting items doesn't do anything?

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 12:25 PM (in response to Ocean 17)

    You can add anything you want to the sidebar.

     

    Check the Finder Preferences, Sidebar tab, or drag any folder you want into the sidebar.

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