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The Go Menu

The Go menu (Figure 5) offers a quick way to open specific locations on your com put er:

Figure 5Figure 5 The Go menu.

  • Back ( ( $%[) opens the parent folder for the active window's folder. This command is only available if a window is active and if the window was used to display the contents of a folder.

  • Forward ($%]) displays the contents of the window you were viewing before you clicked the Back button. This command is only available if a window is active and if the Back button has been clicked.

  • Computer (s$%C) opens the top level win dow for your computer (Figure 1).

  • Home (s$%H) opens your home folder (Figure 4).

  • iDisk (s$%I)offers access to folders stored on Apple's .Mac server via the Internet and iDisk.

  • Applications (s$%A) opens the Applications folder.

  • Favorites (s$% F F ) opens the Favorites folder, which is discussed in Chapter 4.

  • Favorites displays a submenu of favorite locations (Figure 6).

    Figure 6Figure 6 The Favorites submenu on the Go menu lists your favorite locations.

  • Recent Folders displays a submenu of recently opened folders (Figure 7).

    Figure 7Figure 7 The Recent Folders submenu lists recently submenu lists recently opened folders.

  • Go to Folder (s$%G) lets you open any folder your computer has access to.

  • Connect to Server ($%K) enables you to open a server accessible via network.


    iDisk is discussed in Mac OS X Advanced: Visual QuickPro Guide, and favorites are covered in Chapter 4. folders.

To open a Go menu item

Choose the item's name from the Go menu (Figure 5) or one of its submenus (Figures 6 and 7).

To go to a folder

  1. Choose Go > Go to Folder (Figure 5), or press s$%G.

  2. In the Go To Folder dialog that appears (Figure 8), enter the pathname for the folder you want to open.

    Figure 8Figure 8 Use the Go To Folder dialog to enter the pathname of the folder you want to open.

  3. Click Go. If you entered a valid pathname, the folder opens in a Finder window.


    If you did not enter a valid pathname, an error message appears in the Go To Folder dialog (Figure 9). Repeat steps 2 and 3 to try again or click Cancel to dismiss the dialog.

    Figure 9Figure 9 An error message appears in the Go To Folder window if you enter an invalid pathname.


    If a window is open when you use the Go to Folder command, the Go To Folder dialog will appear as a dialog sheet attached to the window (Figure 10). The pathname you enter must be from that window's folder location on your hard disk.

    Figure 10Figure 10 If a window is active when you use the Go to Folder command, the dialog appears as a sheet attached to the window.

To connect to a server

  1. Choose Go > Connect to Server (Figure 5), or press $%K.

  2. In the Connect to Server dialog that appears (Figure 11), select the name of the computer you want to connect to.

    Figure 11Figure 11 The Connect to Server dialog with a server selected.

  3. Click Connect.

  4. A log in window like the one in Figure 12 appears. Enter your account information for the server in the appropriate boxes, and click Connect.

    Figure 12Figure 12 To connect to a server, you must provide log in information.

  5. If the server has multiple volumes, a dialog like the one in Figure 13 appears. Select the volume you want to open, and click OK. The icon for the server volume you connected to and the Volumes window, containing an alias icon for the volume, appear on your desktop (Figure 14).

    Figure 13Figure 13 If more than one volume is available, choose the one you want to access.

    Figure 14Figure 14 An icon for the volume you connected to appears on your desktop and in the Volumes window.

  6. Tips

    • A networked computer does not need to run special server software to be considered a "server" by Mac OS. For example, the computers shown in Figure 11 are accessible via simple file sharing.

    • As shown in Figure 11, your computer may appear in the list of available servers.

    • To connect to a server using TCP/IP, enter the TCP/IP address for the server in the Address box in step 2.

    • In step 5, a Mac OS X computer will display its hard disk and a separate volume for each user account you have access to.

    • I tell you about aliases in Chapter 4.

    • A more complete discussion of sharing computers and networking is beyond the scope of this book. For more information about these topics, consult Mac OS X Advanced: Visual Quick Pro Guide. Volumes window.

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