Single finder window rather than multiple

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  1. Razorhog macrumors 65816

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    Hey all, I did a search but couldn't readily find an answer. When browsing with Finder, how do I get it to open new windows in the same window, rather than it opening a new window each time?
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  2. kretzy macrumors 604

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    What do you mean by a new window in the same window?
     
  3. Razorhog thread starter macrumors 65816

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    When you click on a link in finder, it opens in a new window. I'd like it to open in the current window, like I have windows xp set to do.
    example: when I open Mac Harddrive, I click on applications which opens a new window. Then I click on utilities, which opens a new window. Then I launch activity monitor. Then I have to go back and close each individual window that was opened. Make more sense?
     
  4. disconap macrumors 68000

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    Ok, if it's opening an actual new window, that would be a preference you should change (or you are in OS9). If it's replacing what was there with the new folder, like how a web page would function, then you just need to change the view; Icons, Lists, and Columns are your three choices, Columns is what it sounds like you want (it's command + 3 or click the gui image).
     
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    It sounds like you have "Always open folders in a new window" checked in Finder preferences. Uncheck that box.
     
  6. Razorhog thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The box is unchecked.
    When you open Macintosh HD, and then open applications, does it open a new window or stay in the same one? Mine opens a new one...
     
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Which Finder view are you using?

    Mine opens in the same window (with the preference unchecked) in all three views, but maybe narrowing down what view you're using and if it happens in all views will help.

    You may just be able to trash your Finder preferences and see if that fixes it.
     
  8. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Mine stays in the same window, and it has always been that way.
     
  9. Razorhog thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It opens in a new window unless I have it in column view.
     
  10. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Okay...try dragging the Finder preference to your Desktop and relaunching Finder. It's at ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist. Just drag that to your Desktop. Then choose Force Quit from the Apple menu and relaunch Finder. You may have to adjust a couple of preferences, but see if that helps.
     
  11. Tel macrumors regular

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    Does your finder window have the sidebar showing? If not, click the pill button in the top right of the window to restore it. The view with no sidebar opens everything in a new window whereas the view with the sidebar opens them in the same window.
     
  12. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Excellent point...I hadn't even considered that possibility. Do you mean that there are people out there who don't use the Sidebar?!? :eek: :D ;)
     
  13. Razorhog thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's perfect! Works exactly like I want to now and the sidebar is nice! Thanks for helping out a newb. It's little things like this that make the Mac community so cool. :D
     
  14. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    As a special bonus if you hold the Option key when you click on a file to open it, the finder window will close at the same time.
     

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