Why do folders open in a new window?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ICONYK, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. ICONYK macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I just made the switch from PC to MAC. So far I am doing ok with all the differences but one thing is driving me insane!

    When browsing through my HD or external HD every time I click a folder it opens a new window. WHY? Is there any way to have it all use one window? I found in Finder there is an option to always open in a new window but this option is not checked.

    Any help is appreciated.

    In case it matters I am running OSX 10.6.3.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    If that option is not selected, it should always open in the same window as you expect. Try going to Finder -> Preferences -> General, checking Always open folders in a new window (what I assume you're referring to), closing the preferences window, then going back in and deselecting it again. Any change?
     
  3. ICONYK thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. That worked for my internal HD but my external still opens a new window each time.

    Thanks again for the help.
     
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Are you using Finder in compact mode (toggled with the grey jelly bean button in the upper-right corner of a Finder window)? When I'm in compact mode and using icon or list view, double-clicking folders opens them in a new Finder window regardless of the preference already discussed.

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  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Whoa, Panther. Blast from the past!

    I hadn't made the connection, but that's a good point. That preference can be overridden by your current view mode.
     
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    You can also override the "new vs. current" window setting by using Option or Command when double-clicking a folder. On mine (OS 10.5.8) Option overrides the setting on my flash drive windows, and Command on my hard drive windows.
     
  7. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    It was the first screen shot I could find online showing the two different modes. Well actually, the first ones I found were from 10.0 and 10.1, but I don't think many people would have recognized Finder from then.
     
  8. ICONYK thread starter macrumors newbie

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  9. texasmccoy macrumors member

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    :) YAAY! This worked to solve the multiple-windows issue. I was having the same exact problem (clicking on anything in Finder opened up a new window each time) and it was driving me mad, since I have been a Mac user for going on 10 years now and had not yet experienced this behavior. Problem started after I updated Firefox and the new download opened up in a compact window, which presumably caused all of Finder to start behaving the same way. Thanks for sharing this solution, so simple yet I have never paused to wonder what the jelly-bean button is for. Now I know ;)
     

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