Finder Scrolling issue

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  1. Vanilla macrumors 6502a

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    Hi
    I have what I hope is a problem of ignorance.

    If you open Finder, select a folder with lots of files/sub-folders in it that is in excess of what the Finder window can display and then click and hold on a file in that folder and drag it to the bottom of the window, the Finder window will automatically begin to scroll through the entire folders contents for you.

    So far, so cool and is what I am used to coming from a Windows background.

    However, if you have two Finder windows open, click and hold down on a file in one Window and drag it across to the other Finder window, the second Finder Window will NOT automatically begin scrolling through its contents.

    Also, if you use the spring-loaded folder trick (which is awesome by the way) you get the same problem in that if your final destination is below the viewable area you appear to be stuffed as there seems no way to get the Finder Window to automatically scroll.

    The only solution I have had is to in the first instance carefully ensure my destination sub-folder is in view or in the case of using the spring loaded trick, drop the dragged file as near to the final destination as possible and then move it in a second step.

    Am I missing some keystroke combination, preference option etc.?

    Vanilla
     
  2. Vanilla thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is there anyone out there that can help?

    Or, heaven forbid, have I stumbled across one example where Windows XP is better than OS X?

    Okay, I admit typing that to be controversial but it DOES grate that I can do this stuff on my windows PC at work but can't on my PowerBook.

    Actually in general I still find Microsoft Windows Explorer navigation a heck of a lot easier to find stuff than OSX Finder, but I am still relatively new to OSX so we shall see, plus thats probably another thread discussion anyway.

    Vanilla
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    the finder will not automatically scroll, but all you have to do is take your document/file to the bottom of the new finder window that you are in to make it scroll, or am i missing something? do you want the finder to scroll just because the previous finder window was scrolling? thats impractical, but i have no problem useing spring loaded folders or moving items to a new finder window and making it scroll, it does not happen automatically, but it will scroll....
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I just tested it, and it works just fine for me. Take two windows - the active one, which contains the item to move, and the inactive one, which has a scroll bar and is currently at the top. Click and hold the mouse on the item to move, drag it over the inactive window, and hold near the window's bottom. After a half-second delay, Finder will activate the inactive window and start scrolling it to reveal stuff that may be hidden. The length of the delay depends on your spring-loaded folders/windows delay setting, and turning off spring-loaded folders/windows causes the window to not activate, but it still scrolls.
     
  5. Vanilla thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hi
    This is exactly the scenario I was describing and I cannot get this to work. However I am encouraged that you can make it work, which suggests I have something not set correctly. Can you point me in the right direction to find the spring-loaded folders/windows delay settings you mention?

    Thanks again for your help
    Vanilla
     
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    That setting is located in Finder's preferences dialog. To access it, go to Finder, then under the Finder menu, choose Preferences. It's in the General tab.

    EDIT: The auto-scroll feature is rather touchy. If you don't have the icon you're dragging in the right spot, it won't do anything. I've found that it works best if you hold in the top-right or bottom-right of the window area, below the toolbar and to the left of/above the scrollbars.
     
  7. Vanilla thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! You're a star..

    I adjusted the delay to medium and also practiced ensuring that I held in the top-right and bottom-right areas as you suggested and it works!

    I never realised how sensitive this feature was to where you were positioned; in Microsoft Windows Explorer it starts scrolling as soon as you get vaguely near the top and bottom of a window so I automatically did the same in the Finder window, hence my frustration.

    For many experienced Mac users this must have appeared a silly query but it was driving me nuts so thanks again for helping me, much appreciated.

    Vanilla
     

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