iCloud is a promising service, but it’s also more than a little awkward to work with at times. One example of this awkwardness is that the folder that contains iCloud documents is not made easily visible on the Mac.
Fortunately, a great and easy tip from the clever folks at Mac OS X Hints makes it much easier to see and access all your iCloud documents in the Finder app, and to show the folder in the Finder sidebar. Here’s how it works:
Go to the ~/Library/Mobile Documents folder. Type anything in the search field in your Finder window.
Make sure that Mobile Documents is selected in the Search bar, not This Mac.
Next, click on the + icon, and choose Kind is Document. Go back to the search field and erase what you typed. Now all your iCloud documents will display.
Click on Save, and check Add to Sidebar to add this search to your Finder window sidebars.
And voila – you will then have a handy shortcut to that saved search on the Finder sidebar.
The vast majority of my iCloud documents are .txt files created in one of my writing apps on the iPad. Having this iCloud documents folder easily accessible on the Mac makes it much easier for me to choose which Mac app I’d like to use when working with them.
If you’ve got any tips or suggestions for working with iCloud documents on the Mac, we’d love to hear them – please share in the comments.