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Part I: Introduction to Mac OS X > Using the Finder and the Dock - Pg. 21

21 Chapter 2. Using the Finder and the Dock You're now ready to take an inside look at Mac OS X and its operation as we focus on the Finder and the Dock. Even though they're technically separate applications, each plays an important role in user interaction with the operating system. In this hour, you look at how these two features operate and how to customize the Finder's tools to suit your tastes. In this hour, you · · · · Navigate Finder windows Learn the Mac OS X file structure Burn a disc Set your desktop and Finder preferences The first part of this hour takes a detailed look at the Finder and its features. The Finder is the application that Mac OS X uses to launch and manipulate files and applications. Unlike other tools and utilities, the Finder starts immediately after you log in to the system and is always active. In addition to helping you locate your files, the Finder handles all common tasks, such as creating, deleting, moving, and copying files and folders. If you'd like a refresher course in these functions, Appendix C, "Working with Files, Folders, and Applications," provides a quick reference to the Finder's standard file and application operations. You can interact with the Finder in several different ways. There's a menu bar for the Finder, but there's also the Finder window, which has several different modes and view options. The Finder window is perhaps the easiest way to move through the Mac OS X file system, so let's look at it first. The Finder Window To help users manage their files, the Finder includes a specialized window, which is accessed by double-clicking the icon for the Mac OS X hard drive on the desktop. Mac OS X introduces two modes of operation in the Finder window. The first of the two, single- window mode, is the toolbar version of the Finder, as shown in Figure 2.1. When the toolbar is present, double-clicking a folder opens the item you just clicked in the current window, replacing the previous contents.