How to Get to Documents on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Do you find it difficult to access your documents on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the various methods to get to your documents quickly and easily. Let’s dive in!

Method 1: Using Finder

If you are familiar with Windows, think of Finder as the Mac equivalent of File Explorer. It’s the go-to tool for navigating through your Mac’s files and folders. Here’s how you can use Finder to access your documents:

  • Step 1: Click on the Finder icon in your dock or press ‘Command + Space’ to open Spotlight and type ‘Finder.’
  • Step 2: In the left sidebar, you will find a list of common locations such as Documents, Desktop, Downloads, etc. Click on ‘Documents’ to open it.

Method 2: Using Spotlight

If you prefer keyboard shortcuts or are looking for a quicker way to access your documents, Spotlight is the way to go! Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Press ‘Command + Space’ to open Spotlight.
  • Step 2: Type ‘Documents’ in the search bar.
  • Step 3: From the search results, click on ‘Documents’ under ‘TOP HIT’ section.

Method 3: Using Dock

The Dock in macOS is a convenient shortcut bar that provides quick access to frequently used applications and folders. You can add a shortcut to your Documents folder in the Dock for easy access. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Open Finder and navigate to your ‘Documents’ folder.
  • Step 2: Click and drag the ‘Documents’ folder icon from the Finder window onto the Dock.

Method 4: Using Go Menu

The Go menu in macOS offers another way to access your documents swiftly. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click on the ‘Go’ menu option in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  • Step 2: From the dropdown menu, select ‘Documents.’

Note: You can also use keyboard shortcuts like ‘Command + Shift + O’ to quickly open your Documents folder.


In this tutorial, we explored four different methods to get to your documents on Mac. Whether you prefer using Finder, Spotlight, Dock, or the Go menu, you now have multiple ways to access your files easily.

Experiment with these methods and find the one that suits you best. Happy document browsing!

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