INFO: What is the Finder Bar in Mac OS X?
Description: Introduction of Finder Bar to windows users moving to the Mac OS X operating system.
Windows users moving to a Mac OS X system for the first time can be challenged by differences working with programs in Mac OS X. One big difference is the use of the Finder Bar at the top of the screen in OS X rather than the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen in Windows. This article will introduce the basic concepts and tools used by the Finder Bar as an overview from left to right.
The Finder Bar is the gray menu bar at the top of the screen in OS X and contains the following elements.
- The Apple icon - - which when clicked on opens a menu leading to the following items:
- About this Mac (operating system information and information about the computer)
- Software update (to update the basic system software, similar to windows update)
- App Store (to purchase Apple programs that can be downloaded and installed)
- System Preferences (similar to the control panel in Windows)
- Dock (quick access to the dock preferences)
- Recent Items (programs and documents that have been opened lately)
- Force Quit (tool to close programs that will not close correctly)
- Sleep, Restart and Shut down (similar to the windows commands)
- Log Out (similar to the windows command, this allows the user to close his programs and another person to log into the computer)
- File - (like the windows File menu)
- Edit - (like the windows Edit menu)
- View - (view options depending on the program)
- Other menu items depend on the program in focus