View the Path of a File
Mac Tip #359, 08 October 2008
Sometimes when you’re looking at a file or folder in the Finder you want to know just exactly where it is. It’s not always obvious just by looking.
Mac OS X 10.5 introduced an extra item to the View menu though that helps out: Show Path Bar.
Show Path Bar and then go to a Finder window and select a file.
Now at the bottom of the window you can see a ‘trail’, similar to this one from my machine:
Pluto > Users > miraz > Documents > ngpod > mexhat.jpg
This tells me that the file named
mexhat.jpg is in a folder called
ngpod in my Documents folder. My username is
miraz, and my machine is named
Each item in the file path in that Path Bar also acts as a button. In my example, if I double click on the
Documents part of the file path I switch to viewing the Documents folder.
Of course, there are other ways to see where the file resides on the hard drive:
- Command click the name in the Title Bar: a dropdown menu displays the file path.
- Switch to Column view: you can see the file’s path by the columns to the left of it.
- Select the file and choose Get Info from the File menu. The Info window opens. In the General section of the Info window the Where item shows the file path.
So next time you can see a file but you’re not sure where it is exactly just glance down at the Path Bar if it’s displayed, or use one of the other methods I’ve mentioned above.
Did I miss any possibilities? Let me know in the Comments below.