I want to see the contents of 2 or more folders...

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  1. wts macrumors member

    wts

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    If i have a folder on the desktop and double click to open that folder the contents of the folder are now available to me.

    Then while that folder is open if i i go to the apple menu bar and go " Applications " or even use shift command A then the contents of the folder now change to a listing of all my applications.

    I want to have/see both folders: the desktop folder and the application folder.


    How do i set my preferences to see both folders ?
     
  2. ricede macrumors regular

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    It is not possible to bring up the contents of two different folders in one Finder window at the same time.

    You can either open a new tab in the Finder window & then swop between the tabs.

    Or open a second Finder window (Command + N) so that you can drag files etc between the two windows.
     
  3. CreatorCode macrumors regular

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    If you hide the active window's toolbar (View > Hide Toolbar) it will work the way you want.

    No, it doesn't make any real sense. But it works. When a window's toolbar is hidden, the Finder will open a new window. When a windows toolbar is visible, the Finder will use that same window.
     
  4. ricede macrumors regular

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    That doesn't work for me. Even when the toolbar is hidden on a folder I've just opened on the desktop - if i then do command shift A - it still opens Applications in the open desktop folder & overrides the original content.
     
  5. CreatorCode macrumors regular

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    Ah. It also won't work if the active window is in Column view.
     
  6. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I use an app called TotalFinder which allows me to have multiple folders open side by side in one Finder window.
     
  7. ricede macrumors regular

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    Ahhh - that explains why it didn't work.
     
  8. ricede macrumors regular

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    Do you mean the TotalFinder tab system?
     
  9. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Mmm, no. TotalFinder has a 'dual mode' feature for multiple tabs.
     
  10. ricede macrumors regular

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    I have been using TotalFinder for a couple of years. Mainly for the coloured tags, but also for the ability to define the column width.

    For years I have used an applescript to open 2 Finder windows at once and therefore haven't bothered with tabs. i hadn't realised that the split window was available in TotalFinder, because one had to have tabs live, I had it turned off.

    Ive just tried it and its brilliant - so much better than the applescript setup i had ( one window rather than two )

    I love the way that one can just " rediscover " stuff through these forums.
     

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