macOS High Sierra

See your files in the Finder

The Finder is the home base for your Mac. The Finder icon looks like a blue smiling face; click the icon in the Dock to open a Finder window.

A blue arrow pointing to the Finder icon at the left side of the Dock.

You use Finder windows to organize and access almost everything on your Mac.

An example of a Finder window.

See your stuff

Click items in the Finder sidebar to see your files, apps, downloads, and more. To make the sidebar even more useful, customize it.

Or, ask Siri to help you find what you want.

Ask Siri. Say something like:

  • “Show me all the files called Expenses”

  • “Open the presentation I created last night”

  • “Show me files tagged ‘conference’”

  • “Search for files that Jason sent last week”

Access everything, everywhere

Use iCloud Drive to automatically store your Desktop and Documents files and folders in iCloud. You can access them on any Mac where you’re signed in with the same Apple ID.

Use folders … or don’t

If you like organizing your files in