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seetheforest

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When you click on a shared folder in column view Finder adds a new info bar that shifts all of the finder window content down a row mid-click.

More often than not you cannot access a shared folder in this view by clicking on the folder.

It's madness.


To explain the GIF in detail:
Foo is a shared folder and when you initiate a click on the folder Finder adds the "iCloud Shared Folder" bar to the UI. I am attempting to click on the folder in the GIF. The black circle appears around the cursor while a click is in progress. The race condition between the speed of the click and the speed of adding the new UI element determines which folder you end up in.

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lupinglade

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This sort of amateur stuff is consistently what we’re seeing from Apple’s software lately. That razor sharp focus on usability and quality is nowhere to be found. It’s what happens when you replace true talent and experience with the popular hipster image. Hacks upon hacks. Rushed changes for the sake of change. At least hardware is looking more promising now.
 

shMorganson

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When you click on a shared folder in column view Finder adds a new info bar that shifts all of the finder window content down a row mid-click.

More often than not you cannot access a shared folder in this view by clicking on the folder.

It's madness.


To explain the GIF in detail:
Foo is a shared folder and when you initiate a click on the folder Finder adds the "iCloud Shared Folder" bar to the UI. I am attempting to click on the folder in the GIF. The black circle appears around the cursor while a click is in progress. The race condition between the speed of the click and the speed of adding the new UI element determines which folder you end up in.

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From my testing its looks like this behavior is still in macOS 12.
 

Stephen.R

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... the jump is unfortunate, but I'm not sure what you mean by "you cannot access a shared folder in this view by clicking on the folder". I just shared a folder, and did the same thing. Yeah, it jumps down when the directory is selected. Even your gif shows that the directory gets selected.
 

seetheforest

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Dec 24, 2010
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... the jump is unfortunate, but I'm not sure what you mean by "you cannot access a shared folder in this view by clicking on the folder". I just shared a folder, and did the same thing. Yeah, it jumps down when the directory is selected. Even your gif shows that the directory gets selected.
When the black circle is present around the cursor in the GIF the click is still in progress. So you can see that when you initiate the click (press down & hold) it selects the correct folder "Foo" and shifts the content down so the cursor hover overs "Bar" instead of "Foo". When the click is released, Finder sets "Bar" as the active folder even though the click was initiated on "Foo".

The GIF shows three instances of pressing and holding to make the behavior easier to see followed by a quick click on "Foo" where you end up at "Bar.
 

Stephen.R

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I don't know what you or I are doing differently but I can't make it do that in Big Sur.

The selected item doesn't change, and the 'shared' bar above doesn't appear until I release the mouse button, and the dir is selected.

I haven't got a trackpad to try it on.. maybe that/or third party mouse drivers make the click trigger earlier than when you release it?
 

seetheforest

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Dec 24, 2010
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I don't know what you or I are doing differently but I can't make it do that in Big Sur.

The selected item doesn't change, and the 'shared' bar above doesn't appear until I release the mouse button, and the dir is selected.

I haven't got a trackpad to try it on.. maybe that/or third party mouse drivers make the click trigger earlier than when you release it?
Interesting. You are right that the functionality is different with a mouse. This issue only occurs with trackpad clicks.
 

ArPe

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Never saw this before and I use this view almost exclusively since first OS X. I don’t use cloud drives tho but I do use network shares.
 

chown33

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As a possible work-around, what happens if you use the arrow keys to navigate the columns. Left/right to move between columns, up/down to move between rows (items) in the current column.

This doesn't downplay the severity of the problem, it's simply a way to get work done (assuming arrow keys work properly in this situation). Given that it's been almost a year since this thread was started, it looks like waiting for Apple to fix it might be a strategy only for the very patient.
 

seetheforest

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Dec 24, 2010
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Navigating to the folder by keyboard works (though it's still a bit jarring/disorienting for all the content to shift down a row). I filled out a feedback request with Apple with this GIF and it appears to have gone into a black hole. Disappointing that this is an acceptable workflow from Apple of all companies.
 
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