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

wts

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Oct 3, 2009
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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 ?
 

ricede

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Aug 16, 2010
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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.
 

CreatorCode

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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.
 

ricede

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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.
 

CreatorCode

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

ricede

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Mmm, no. TotalFinder has a 'dual mode' feature for multiple tabs.
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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