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The documentation says that Finder replaces windows explorer. However I have gone to my home directory in a terminal and created a directory with

mkdir temp

How can I browse this directory using Finder? At the moment I cannot see it at all.

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This works as expected for me (I'm using Mac OS X Lion). If I CD ~ (to the home directory) and enter mkdir temp, a new temp folder appears in Finder. One way you can view the contents of the Home Folder in Finder is by clicking on the Desktop background and then pressing the Shift+⌘+H key combination. Are you confusing the Desktop with the Home Folder? Which documentation are you referring too? – zenopolis Feb 13 '12 at 11:56
Just to be precise, the Finder doesn't replace Windows Explorer; Windows Explorer was Microsoft's attempt to duplicate the functionality of the Finder. The Finder was a feature on the Mac in 1984, long before Windows Explorer. – Daniel Feb 13 '12 at 14:51
@Daniel, these kids today just don't understand. :-) – user9290 Feb 13 '12 at 18:49
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  • You can access the finder via the Dock:

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  • When in the terminal, you can open the current directory in the terminal via:

    open .

Here's a finder window. I've created the directory ~/temp like you said.

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You can also -click the info icon at the very top to see the path:

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what software do you use to make screenshots with arrows like that? – Michiel Feb 13 '12 at 11:41
@Michiel I make the screenshots using the build-in feature of the OS. Then I edit the pictures using the free app Skitch. It's very easy to use. – gentmatt Feb 13 '12 at 11:44
Skitch! That's the one! Thanks – Michiel Feb 13 '12 at 12:19
Preview can also make some arrows on screen shots as well, but Skitch makes it much nicer. – jmlumpkin Feb 13 '12 at 13:47
For screen shots, I use SnagIt for Mac, from Techsmith. – user9290 Feb 13 '12 at 18:43

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