Color me a contrarian, but I like the macOS Finder. The app is central to managing files and folders on your Mac but has capabilities that go beyond the obvious. The Finder is a way to, well, for lack of a better term, find what you want; files, folders, applications, even cloud services.
Drag folders to the Finder’s Sidebar. Even iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Box, and other cloud services can have their folders in the sidebar. The toolbar on top is a good place to add more functionality. Drag and drop folders into the toolbar. One click opens the folder of files in a Finder window or tab.
Easy, right? Wait. There’s more.
Create a few application aliases in the Finder, drop them into a folder, add the folder to the sidebar or toolbar. The Finder has more going for it than even many experienced Mac users know.
Take the Services menu. Open Finder, right-click on a file or folder, and look at the pop-up menu. Check out the Services menu.
Click or tap the image for a larger view.
Many applications drop special functions into the Services folder. Here’s one that adds even more and it’s dirt cheap. The app is called Easy New File and it adds additional functionality to the Finder’s contextual menu.
Nice, right? More features and functions without having to hunt around to find them.
Other inexpensive macOS utilities do similar functions including New File Menu which lets you create new files with a simple right-click selection. Create a new file or use a few dozen templates in the Preferences.
Again, added simplicity to a feature– right-click– which most of us use multiple times every day.
The right-click menu is accessible on macOS only if you set it up in System Preferences > Mouse. Otherwise, it’s the same old control-key-click.
The options in the right-click menu are contextual in nature. That means they change a bit depending upon which app you’re using, and what the application does. What I would like to see is a universal option to right-click and click to open or move to other applications.