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Part: I Max OS X Basics > Using the Finder

Chapter 2. Using the Finder

You're now ready to take a closer look at Mac OS X and its operation as we focus on the Finder. The Finder is the application that Mac OS X uses to launch and manipulate files and applications. Unlike other tools and utilities that you activate, 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, which we'll talk about in Chapter 4, “Working with Folders, Files, and Applications.”

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. Using the Finder window is perhaps the easiest way to understand and move through the Mac OS X file system, so let's look at it first.


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