Finder (software)

Finder
FinderBigSur.png
Big Sur Finder screenshot.png
Screenshot of a Finder window in macOS Big Sur displaying files in column view
Stable release
12.0
Operating systemClassic Mac OS, macOS, GS/OS
TypeFile manager
Websitehttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201732

The Finder is the default file manager and graphical user interface shell used on all Macintosh operating systems. Described in its "About" window as "The Macintosh Desktop Experience", it is responsible for the launching of other applications, and for the overall user management of files, disks, and network volumes. It was introduced with the first Macintosh computer, and also exists as part of GS/OS on the Apple IIGS. It was rewritten completely with the release of Mac OS X in 2001.

In a tradition dating back to the Classic Mac OS of the 1980s and 1990s, the Finder icon is the smiling screen of a computer, known as the Happy Mac logo.


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