"Finder" problem. Open folder gives new window.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kenn, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. kenn macrumors member

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    In Finder how do one avoid getting a new window each time one clicks on a folder. I tried to go to the Finder-options menu and uncheck the box "Open new window......". It didn't work. Anyone with an idea as to how I can get rid of all the new windows and stick with one?
     
  2. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Leave this unchecked and possibly restart your computer if it doesn't work immediately.
     

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  3. why so serious macrumors newbie

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    I have the same problem actually and I tried what the above poster said but it did not work. hmmm
     
  4. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    What about clicking the little elliptical button on the top right corner of the windows? It toggles between the "spatial" Finder and "browser" Finder.
     
  5. kenn thread starter macrumors member

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    Haven't tried it yet but it's not the solution one wants. You would like to stay (not stay) with "Open new folders in the same window" permanently. Maybe this behaviour is set in some configuration file one can manipulate?
     
  6. RoninXI macrumors regular

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    WARNING: Stupid question...
    Do you mean when you are in a finder window and you open a folder it opens in a new window or say you click 2 folders on your desktop they open new windows? If it is 2 folders on your desktop I am not sure you can.
     
  7. AaronX macrumors member

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    Hi I just had this problem (new windows opening), and my box wasn't checked. I noticed if I enable the "sidebar" on the left (with home, aaron, documents etc.), the folders open in the same window.
     
  8. LizKat macrumors 68030

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    Hold down the option key when you go to open a folder in the window.
     
  9. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816

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    Never noticed this before as I always have the sidebar enabled. I tried this on my system and have confirmed that if the sidebar is hidden then the folders will open in separate windows.
     
  10. DanH macrumors newbie

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    New window in Finder Problem

    Yup. You guys are right. For some reason you need to have the side bar added in order for folders to open in the same window. After you add the sidebar you can minimize them back down by dragging the sidebar left. Seems like a bug the apple should address on later updates.
     
  11. Gregg2, Jul 22, 2011
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    Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    I think they have. Try the Option key.

    Well, that opens a new window and closes the current one, even if the Sidebar is not showing. So, close, but not exactly what was requested.
     
  12. 1car69 macrumors newbie

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    MAC-Opening a folder on the same window

    To open a folder on the same window as the parent folder:

    1) Open the folder (double click on it)
    2) Go to "View" on the toolbar (three items to the right of the apple icon - upper left hand corner of your screen)
    3) Select "Show Toolbar"

    There are other options on this "view" window... try them out and see what they do.

    1car69
     
  13. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    An old thread, but, what has "Show Toolbar" to do with opening folders in the same window? Instead, try Finder > Preferences > General (in Leopard, for sure) to find the setting to do that all the time.
     
  14. ponyarsenal macrumors newbie

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    @Gregg2

    You may think "showing toolbar" has little to do with ensuring folders open within the same window, but you would be wrong champ. Open finder-then navigate to "View"-click "hide toolbar". Then try opening up new folders. You'll quickly find that new windows open each time you click on a new folder.

    By clicking "view toolbar" you are enabling the sidebar to not only appear, but also be utilized by finder. If it is hidden, it doesn't matter if sidebar is enabled in finder preferences, it still will not appear. And windows will still open every time you open a new folder.
     
  15. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Good to know.

    Yet, if you don't want the toolbar visible, and still want folders to open without opening multiple windows, just use the Option key.
     
  16. Spikeywan macrumors 6502

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    What elliptical button?
     
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  18. Spikeywan macrumors 6502

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  19. simsaladimbamba

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    How to get what? That button on the top right? What Mac OS X version do you use then?
     
  20. Spikeywan macrumors 6502

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    Yes. I haven't got that button top right. I'm running 10.8.3
     
  21. simsaladimbamba

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    It is gone as it seems, I do not know, how to get its functionality back though, as I am still using Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, but I also hardly ever use that button anyway.
     

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