Finder’s New Tabs Feature

With the new Mavericks operating system, Mac users now have the ability to view multiple folders in Finder through the use of Tabs. This works much the same way as tabs in your web browser and it sure makes moving files from one place to another a whole lot easier. Let’s take a look.


This animated GIF shows how to open a folder in a new tab and use it to move files from one folder to another. In this example, I opened the Dropbox folder in a new tab then, in that tab, opened the subordinate eLibrary folder that would become my destination folder for the file(s) I want to move. I then went back to the tab displaying the Downloads folder, selected the file I wanted and dragged it to the eLibrary tab. It’s that simple! I could have selected several files and dragged them all in one operation.

To open a folder in a new tab, you can right-click on the folder (either in the sidebar or in the main panel) and choose the Open In New Tab command. The keyboard shortcut is Command + T. Once you have tabs displayed, you’ll notice a plus sign (+) to the right of the tab bar. Click it to open additional tabs. Drag a tab to reposition it in the tab bar.

Each tab operates independently of the others and can have its own display settings – like one showing files in list format and another showing Cover Flow.

The toughest part about using Finder’s tabs is remembering the feature exists. It won’t be long, however, before tabs in Finder will become second nature like it is with your browser.