Knowing where your file is saved can sometimes be difficult. You might know the name of the file but not have any idea where it is saved. On Windows, there is a "My Documents" folder and on Macs, there's a "Documents" folder. But on a Macbook, it's not that simple. There are no default folders in Finder for every user account. Each user has their own unique sets of folders. But don't worry – it's not difficult to find the full file path of your saved files on a Macbook.
To find the full file path of your saved files on a Mac, click on the Finder icon that appears on the dock.
Click on Document in Mac OS X. You will see a list of every document, image and other file you have saved to that machine. Each item has a name, date created and location (full file path) as shown below:
The "location" field is the critical piece of information we are looking for. To find a full file path and folder location for a saved file on your Macbook, simply select the item you want to find the path for and look at the location field. The box below shows you how to determine where a document is saved on a Mac.
*note: the location field will only show the full file path for an item if it is actually saved to a folder on that Mac. If it is not saved to a folder, the location field will only show the name of the document without a file path.
The "Documents" folder is a bit of a special case.
The "Documents" folder on your Macbook is special because it is not one single folder. It's actually a collection of different folders, one for each user account. For example, the Documents folder for user "ellenj" listed above has two sub-folders: Ellen and Public. Each sub-folder represents a unique file path location on the Macbook.
If there are any other users on the Macbook (in this case, "wendy", "zachary" and "chris") then there will be additional sub-folders. However, since I only use a single user account, I only have one sub-folder: Ellen. If you have more than one user account on your Macbook, then every sub-folder listed under the "Documents" folder is for another individual user account.
You can see the full file path and folder locations in the location field for each sub-folder for user "Ellen".
It's also possible to view items saved on your Macbook that are stored in other folders. When you select a folder, like Documents, in your computer you will see a list of all the sub-folders matched by that path.
You can also go back to your Mac's root Documents folder, which is where all your individual user folders (Documents for each user account) are stored. Just double click on your user name in the top left corner of your Mac's desktop.
Opening a folder on your Mac is just like opening it on your computer. You can do this by clicking on it in the Finder (Mac) or navigating to it via Finder (PC).
To get back to the root directory, simply select "Go To Folder" from the menu bar and then navigate to your Documents directory.
Using your Documents folder on your Macbook provides an easy and quick way to access all your documents. This is especially helpful if you are the only user of your Macbook, like I am. However, if you have multiple users with user accounts on your Macbook, then it's important to remember that each user has their own Documents folder and sub-folders for files located in those folders.