How to Navigate External Drive Without Opening New Finder Windows?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Whitelightning, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Whitelightning macrumors regular

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    So I plug in an external hard disk, double click on the desktop to open a finder window with all the contents. Every time I click a folder, it opens a new window with the folder contents, so if I traverse through 5 folders... it opens 5 new windows...

    How do I set it so that when I traverse through a single folder in the same way I described above, to just a single window without opening new ones?
     
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    Go to the preferences in Finder and uncheck "Always open folders in a new window".
     
  3. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

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    Go to the finder. Under the Finder menu choose preferences. On the general tab there is a box that says "Always open folders in a new window"
    make sure that is unchecked.
     
  4. Whitelightning thread starter macrumors regular

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    That option is already unchecked. It doesnt open a new window when I open the finder app, but when i click on an external mounted drive on the desktop where it pops up the window with drive contents (no finder sidebar), it causes new windows to be opened when clicking on the folder..theres got to be a simple setting or something to do this..
     
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Click the little oval pill-shaped button at the top right corner of the window. That will switch the window to the modern sidebar/toolbar view, and stop the opening of new windows.

    Your external disk is defaulting to "Classic" view, where the Finder behaves like it did back in the MacOS 9 (and earlier) days. Once you've switched that for the drive, it should stick.
     
  6. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    Or you could just get TotalFinder so you have tabs in the Finder.
     
  7. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    ...which wouldn't help much--it'd just result in a new tab being created every time the OP double-clicked a folder, until the volume got switched to modern single-window mode by hitting that pill button. Try it.
     

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