How to make a list of files in OS X

When you go to Spotlight or the Finder and search for files, or browse through folders, occasionally you might want to compile a list of files in text format without having to type all of the file locations by hand. With a few clicks, you can output directory listings to text with ease.

You can accomplish this basic task with TextEdit. Simply launch TextEdit, go to Format and choose Make Plain Text if necessary. Then go to Finder, browse and/or search for the files you wish to use for your list. Now select a single file or group of files and then drag to an open TextEdit window. You will see the full file path for each item.

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