Finder is the Mac equivalent of Windows Explorer. Finder simplifies the task of browsing through your folders. However, to keep things simple, Finder sacrificed some features that a power user needs. What do I mean by this?
In Windows Explorer, you can browse to Drive C or D etc and you see all your directories (or folders). In Finder, I did not know how to navigate to a directory like /usr/local. I had to open Terminal and use command line "cd" to change to my target directory. This was tedious for me since it meant no drag-drop functionality for copying, moving or deleting files.
I knew there was an easier way to do it but the discovery had to wait till last week.
I decided to study the Finder menus more closely and found the answer under Finder > Go > Go to Folder (Apple-Shift-G). This displays a text box where you can type the target directory. There, I can type "/usr/local" or even "/etc" and Finder displays the directory in its usual glorious visual display.
BTW, the other menu item-- Go > Connect to Server (Apple+K) will allow you to connect to a networked computer. If you are connecting to a Windows computer via TCP/IP, you need to prefix it with smb:// and add the IP address or the hostname of the computer. Example, smb://192.168.0.254 will connect you to the computer with that IP address. If you know the computer name, you can specify it too, eg, smb://pinatubo.
I discovered Apple+K within Day One of receiving my MacBook, because I needed it to backup my files. (More on how I moved from Windows to Mac in a later post).