Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

In Windows there is a nice option to have "in folder" as a column option. Is this possible with OS X?

Here is a search results window on OS X:

enter image description here

And here it is on Windows:

enter image description here

share|improve this question
1  
Your Windows solution is a third party program. Are you looking for third party solutions on OS X? –  Daniel Beck Sep 13 '11 at 17:11
add comment

4 Answers

up vote 1 down vote accepted

The OS X Finder doesn't show this sort of information as a user-selectable data field, but replacements like PathFinder do exist to expose these "power user" type options while browsing files on the Mac.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Finder shows a file's location in the Path Bar (enable in View menu) when selected.

Unfortunately, there is no way to display the path of multiple or all files in Finder.


The commercial third party Spotlight utility HoudahSpot supports displaying the File Path as a column:

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
add comment

Well, thinking outside the box, because of Mac OS X's tasty under-the-hood unix flavor, you can use the venerable find command in the Terminal. There are many questions on this site about how to use it (I see them on the right side of this page), but here's an example:

find: The find command description is walk a file hierarchy. That doesn't seem like much at first glance. However, find is possbility the single most powerful single function UNIX command. It can, of course, look down a folder and all its subfolders to list certain files. For example, find . -name ".html" -print will find all files ending in the string html. However, it can also do something with the file. For example, file . name ".html" -print -exec grep -i podcast {} \; will find all the files ending in the string html and then use the grep command to search for the string podcast regardless of case in each file. You can also do something like find . -name "foobar" -print -exec rm -f {} \; which would remove (delete) every file with the string foobar somewhere in its name in every folder under and including the current folder you are in. Use the find command with great care.

Hope that helps.

share|improve this answer
add comment

The filepath information is there, just isn't a column!. When you're in search, you can click on an individual file and the path shows up in the bar at the bottom of the finder window. It's better than nothing. Hope that helps.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.