Finder: Why doesn't paging move focus of selected item in list?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Richard1028, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    Maybe I'm missing something...

    Say I'm viewing the contents of a folder containing a 1,000 files in list mode. I can "page" through the list and all the items scroll but the selected item doesn't change. I have to "mouse" to the item I want when it comes into view.

    Is this by design?
     
  2. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    Why would "paging" (I assume you're referring to page up/down) affect the selection? That would be highly illogical. You can use the arrow keys to move the selection, but page up/down should only move the view, as the name implies.

    jW
     
  3. Richard1028 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    To save me the trouble of moving my hand from the keyboard, over to the mouse then back to the keyboard again?

    I also find paging down through a text document without the cursor following me to be a pain. All of Apple's apps do this I guess whereas OpenOffice and MS Office don't. (Not sure about the iWork apps though)

    Not really. I along with most of the mac world came from Windows so it's hard to convince us that saving needless "hand movement" is better.

    I just thought there was a keyboard equivalent to do this in OSX.
     
  4. Pomeroy macrumors 6502

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    You are right, most of us did come from a Windows world, but most learn to use a Mac as a Mac and not try to make it act like a PC.

    In the folder containing a 1,000 files in list mode tap the first letter of the file name you want, then use the arrow keys to go right to the file. No mouse needed.
     

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