Ever wanted to get all the files out of a folder and its subfolders? For example, if iTunes manages your music collection you might want to make a copy of the music files contained in the various subfolders but without also copying the folder structure. I do this to when creating SD cards full of music to play on my car’s stereo.
Or perhaps somebody’s sent you a load of images in a series of subfolders and you want to extract them without any fuss.
The solution is simple.
1. Open the folder using Finder, then type a single space into the search field at the top right.
2. This will open the search options, which will default to “This Mac” (i.e. all files and folders on the computer). Click the name of the folder from which you want to extract files, which will be alongside.
3. Click the plus (+) button alongside the Save button at the top right of the window. This will add a new line of search conditions reading Kind: All. If you’re attempting to extract ALL files then leave this as it is. If you’re attempting to extract just music, for example, then change the Any dropdown to something appropriate.
4. Click the plus button at the right of this new line, which will add another search condition. Change the first dropdown on this to read Name. Leave the second dropdown as it is, but in the field alongside type two quotes (”“).
5. In the Finder window below you should see represented all the files in the folder, and any subfolders it contains. You can then click and drag these in the usual way to another folder to copy or move them.