10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 29, 2007 11:52 PM by brandonmm
brandonmm Level 1 (10 points)
my apologies if this is the wrong place for my question. i've also tried searching the forums and various discussion threads but i cannot find the answer.

can someone please tell me what the windows explorer address bar equivalent in finder? thanks.

imac 24" 2.8 GHz and macbook 13" 2.16 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5), i only come here to complain
  • BrianH Level 4 (1,835 points)
    windows address bar???

    what exactly do you want in the finder?

    Do you mean the Path Bar? in the finder, go to View - > Show Path Bar
  • brandonmm Level 1 (10 points)
    Windows Explorer is the equivalent of Finder. Windows Explorer has an address bar(similar to the address bar in web browsers) where you can type the path of a certain location. For example I can type in "\\server\share\..." and Windows Explorer will immediately open that location and show the contents of that share (or folder). It's a manual but quicker way of getting to a particular location in the hard drive or network folder instead of navigating and clicking around.

  • Meritocracy Level 1 (5 points)
    Check under the Go menu in the finder. You'll find the following selections:

    Go To Folder...
    Connect To Server...

    (click/hold, right-click, or control + click) on the Finder icon in the dock will also bring them up.

    Keyboard shortcuts are available for each as well.
  • brandonmm Level 1 (10 points)
    Neither of that worked. But thanks.
  • BrianH Level 4 (1,835 points)
    what's the address you're trying to go to?

    if it's one you use often you can drag the folder over the to sidebar to the left to easily access it in the future also...

    another option if it's a local file/folder is to just use the search bar on the top right. you wouldn't even have to type out the full path...

    i guess it all depends on if you're trying to go to local files/folder or networked ones.

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  • Tyler Dykstra1 Level 1 (65 points)
    I think I know what you're asking (switched from PCs in 2003). As far as I know there's no direct equivalent.

    You can see a breadcrumb version of the path, but you can't type into it, or you can hit Shift-Command-G to type a path, but it's not visible all the time.

    I've tried Path Finder before, but I don't think that even has what you're looking for. I don't think there's really an equivalent on the mac for things like that, since Finder was originally totally spatial in nature and has always tended more towards graphical solutions than text-based ones. In OS X they made it more browser-ish (to the dismay of many), but with one foot still firmly in the spatial world (to the dismay of others).

    I don't it's possible to do exactly what you're asking to do (although I admit, I'm not an Apple Genious™, but I am a thinker)

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  • brandonmm Level 1 (10 points)
    thanks for all the replies. what i try to connect to are various servers and shares and folders all over the network in the office. i guess there really isn't a clear-cut equivalent but it's ok. the long way is better than no way. i think windows explorer beats mac's finder hands down. other than that mac is pretty ok. many thanks again.
  • BrianH Level 4 (1,835 points)
    Did You know that once you add a server/share/folder from the 'Connect to Server' menu you can add it as a favorite?

    I connect to several shared folder and drives on the network. It's not exactly as it is in Windows, but it's still easy...

    Yeah the Finder and Win Exp are 2 totally different ideas around it.
  • cjmandrake Level 1 (40 points)
    There is a way to get something similar to type in a server name. If you hit the command-k in the finder, it will bring up a "connect to server" dialog box. You can type in your SMB share URL, but remember that windows uses backslashes "\" and mac uses forward slashes "/" so you would type "smb://fileserver/sharename" to connect to your share. It will ask you to authenticate, allowing you to save your username and password for the share in your keychain.

    Hope this is closer to what you were looking for.

  • brandonmm Level 1 (10 points)
    thanks for your reply. i realized that a few days ago and that's what i've been doing. its still not as good as windows explorer but it will have to do. thanks again. i should really mark this thread as solved so no one will waste anymore time answering my question.