I'd like to have a tree view of my current folder (it's children and it's parents) for navigation in the left column of the finder's UI. How do I get that?

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    @patrix, Thanks, the accepted answer made good points. May 9, 2016 at 12:49

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Favorites in the left hand side is a flat list, but it's a good place to store some frequent destinations.

And make sure to select the third option (circled) so you can have a tree structure in your Finder.

Last but not least, you may notice that the screenshot has a Path Bar at the bottom indicating your current location in the hierarchy. And I think this is the closest thing if you are asking for a Windows Explorer type layout. Enable it in the Finder menu: View->Show Path Bar

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In OS X’s Finder, the key combination +3 arranges the view in column (tree) fashion.

If you wish to add the folder to the Finder’s sidebar, simply drag and drop the folder into it under the “Favorites” designation.

If you wish to make the column view the default view for that folder, use the key combination +j with the desired folder selected and then check the option always open [browse] in column view.

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    It sounds like the user is asking for a Windows Explorer type layout (unless I misunderstood)which that will not do and is not available in the Finder.. There are, however, 3rd party Finder "replacements/enhancements" that might give you the layout you crave. A search on macupdate.com might be a good place to start. May 9, 2016 at 15:10

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