I'm not sure what it is called on the Mac, but when I open my Downloads folder (or any other folder), I'm referring to this file explorer window that shows me my file structure.

I know there are options, like I can view my files and folders in panes, or in a detail view, etc.

But what I hate is that I can't modify the current path location easily, nor can I cut and paste the current folder path.

This really drives me nuts, I wish it could be more like Windows's file explorer as it is so easy and intuitive to use.

Is there a hidden option for these 2 issues that I am missing?


Finder does not have a bar like in the explorer on Windows, but there are some things you can do to achieve similar results.

To have the current path always visible, open a window and go to View > Show Path Bar. This will add a bar to the bottom of your windows which shows the path of the selected file, the same as if you were in search view. You can also Command-Click on the icon at the top of the window to view the path as a menu. As noted by @lhf, copying a file will also copy its path. You can also drag a file from the window or path bar to most places where a file or path is expected, such as open or save dialogs.

To go to a folder based on its path, press Command+Shift+G. This will pop up a box where you can type in a path, and either the current or a new window will open at that path. This also works in open and save dialogs.


Try FinderPath

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A Finder addition that displays a small address bar in Finder windows.

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    This doesnt work on El Capitan. – Evanss Dec 4 '15 at 10:02
  • @jdln - Apple seems dead-set on ruining OS X. – Fake Name Dec 4 '15 at 20:47
  • Works for me on Sierra. – dorien Feb 1 '17 at 8:41
  • @dorien Did you have to do anything special to get it to work on Sierra? – SeanFromIT May 31 '17 at 15:30
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    Working on High Sierra – nikoskip Jun 1 '18 at 15:13

You can drag the icon at the top center of the window to a Terminal window and get the path.

Selecting and copying a folder or document in a Finder window also saves the path so that when you paste it in a Terminal window you get the path.

Command-click the top center icon also allows you to navigate up in the path.


Not an answer to the question per se, but I've used and beta tested (unpaid) Path Finder in the past, it provides a more intensive/technical Finder than the OS X Finder.

Some of the features that I prefer, among many:

  • Tabbed Finder
  • Path dropdowns (like Windows 7 Explorer)
  • Dual panes
  • Easy access to metadata
  • so does Path Finder allow you to edit the path? I have been using the FinderPath with regular finder, but I find that it comes nowhere near Dolphin (linux) that I used to use. – dorien Feb 1 '17 at 8:40
  1. While in any Finder window
  2. Press Command+Shift+G
  3. Type or paste your destination in the window.
  4. Hit Enter

That's it :)

This is especially useful inside "not full" Finder windows. For example if you need to add a specific hidden path ~/Library/Application Support, while inside Spotlight settings (like I needed the other day), so it doesn't get indexed. Using Command+Shift+G is the only way to do that I could think of.

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