Web Developer & Photographer

Organizing your Mac can easy be an easy or hard experience depending on how you have everything set up with Finder. Using Automator, you can save yourself some valuable time when getting your files organized.

  1. Go ahead and open Automator.
  2. In Automator, type in Rename Finder Items in the search bar, up in the top left corner.
  3. Now, drag the Rename Finder Items action into the gray space on the right.
  4. You’ll get a pop-up, with the options: Don’t Add, Add and Cancel, choose Don’t Add.
  5. Click on the Add a Date or Time pop-up menu and choose Make Sequential.
  6. The only other change you may want to make, is to choose how many digits you want in the label.
  7. Usually it would make sense to check this box if you are labeling pictures or sequential documents, if not, then don’t worry about it.
  8. To save this workflow, go to the File menu and select Save As Plug-in.
  9. Save the plug-in for Finder.
  10. Once you have done so, go to a folder in Finder you would like to organize.
  11. Select the files you wish to use, holding down the ⌘ (Command) key or the Shift key to select multiple files.
  12. Now, right-click on the selected files, and in the contextual menu you will see Automator.
  13. Select the workflow you just saved and a pop-up will appear with some options for you to choose from.
  14. If making Automator workflows yourself seems hard, then I would highly suggest checking out Automator World.

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