I had my MacBook for years before I decided to finally find out what the difference between the New Finder Window and New Smart Folder is. On the surface, they look like the same thing, but they’re not.
A New Finder Window is the regular Finder Mac folder you can store files in. If you right-click on your Finder icon and click New Finder Window, it simply opens up another default Finder window.
A Smart Folder is a folder that you can configure and customize to your needs, and then save it in your Sidebar for immediate accessibility.
To make a custom Smart Folder, click on the Save button in the Smart Folder toolbar. Give it a fitting name, choose a folder location, and whether you want to add it to your Finder Sidebar.
In this example, I’m creating a Graphics folder, which I want to place on my Desktop, and I also want to have it accessible in my regular Finder window’s Sidebar.
As soon as I hit save, my new Smart Folder for graphics is created, and I can now access it in my sidebar every time I open up the Finder window:
There is a myriad of different ways you can configure your Smart Folders. I’ll leave that part up to you, have fun!