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Why does Finder jump around (jump around)

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  • Seung Han Calculating status...
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    Sep 1, 2012 10:18 AM (in response to Hotwheels22)

    So is there any response to this issue yet. Incredibly annoying. I wish someone would address this.

  • JFlawyer Calculating status...
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    Sep 6, 2012 12:26 AM (in response to Hotwheels22)

    I am also having the same problem.  Had it for some time now.  Can't find a solution that works consistently.  Seems to only happen in the "search results" window created after a Spotlight search.

     

    Using Mountain Lion (although same behavior in Lion)

     

    Selected none in "arrange by" in finder window,;

    Turned off "show Columns"--no selection by kind, modified, size, name, etc. 

    Turned off "use relative dates" and "calculate all sizes".  

    Turned off "spring-loaded folders and windows" in Finder preferences. 

     

    Still will snap back to selection when I scroll through the search results.

  • ozgrunt Calculating status...
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    Dec 5, 2012 5:03 PM (in response to JFlawyer)

    I did this:

     

    Go to Finder Preferences and turn "Spring-loaded folders and windows" off.

     

    Also make sure that your server has a valid gateway setup in it's network settings.

    Ours didn't (it's a NAS running embedded Linux) and I fixed it at the same time as we changed the "Spring-loaded..." setting.

    The lack of a default gateway could have being causing communications problems.

     

    So not sure which of the two fixed the problem.

  • PixelGrinch Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 4:08 PM (in response to JFlawyer)

    The saga still continues in Mountain Lion 10.8.2.

     

    I just don't understand it. The Finder with such a basic yet important role is the biggest bottle neck the entire Mac OS X has to offer.

     

    The jumping issue is entirely counterproductive and I personally do not understand why the development team keeps ignoring this issue for years now.

     

    This is not the only issue in regards of the Finder. It is impossible to effectively/reliably find your files. I have cases where I type the filename properly and the finder just doesn't find it, even though the hard drive has been indexed and the file is not located in a system/hidden folder. When I navigate to the file it is right there.

     

    The Finder should be created from scratch and brought up to par.

     

    What good are all these new Mac OS X functions when the most basic, which the search for file definitely is, doesn't work?

     

    Just my 2 cents!

  • JZingle Calculating status...
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    Feb 20, 2013 8:12 PM (in response to Hotwheels22)

    SOLVED!

    Thank goodness for this thread! This problem was driving me crazy. Thank you for all these posts.

     

    OBSERVED:

    1. As one post observed, it was only happening in my download folder.

    2. As another post observed: I had recently set my folder to calculate all sizes (command - J).

    3. As another post observed: the .DS_Store (invisible system) file might be a factor.

    4. This only occurs in list view.

     

    CONCLUSION

    A. Going to Finder > Show View Options (Command - J) and selecting any option (caculate size, Date modified etc.) causes a:

    ".DS_Store"

    file to be placed in the root of the folder being modified (see the top of the file list).

     

    SOLUTION:

    1. Show hidden files: http://osxdaily.com/2009/02/25/show-hidden-files-in-os-x/

    2. Select the  ".DS_Store" file at the top of the file list and place it into the trash.

    3. Live Happily Ever After.

  • JZingle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 8:16 PM (in response to JFlawyer)

    Thanks for all the posts!

  • mkopp Calculating status...
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    Mar 19, 2013 1:43 PM (in response to Hotwheels22)

    None of the work-arounds mentioned work for me and all are ... clumsy (10.6.8 iMac 12,2 3.4 GGHz 32 GB RAM SSD and HD).

     

    Unmentioned so far as I can see, but what does now seem to work for me is to check the preference "Always open in list view". It seems to work when ticked for any window, and can be made a part of the defaults. This is still somewhat ... clumsy ... but at least rational and not intrusive, as I always work in list view to start anyway.

     

    Regards,

     

    M<

  • Tricia Geib Calculating status...
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    Apr 7, 2013 6:52 AM (in response to JZingle)

    I was hopeful this was going to solve the problem, but I got hung up on this step:

     

    2. Select the  ".DS_Store" file at the top of the file list and place it into the trash.

     

    At the top of WHAT file list? I even searched for the filename with no result.

     

    I'm on a MacBook Pro with 10.8.3

     

    Thanks!

  • Tranceplant Calculating status...
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    Apr 8, 2013 6:26 AM (in response to Tricia Geib)

    the ._DS-Store is an hidden file!  You need to download a 3rd party software to enable the view of hidden files. Unlike windows, macOS does not give you an option to view those files.

     

    I suggest using Houdini 3 (it's free)

     

    Cheers

  • Crl Williams Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 7:42 PM (in response to Tranceplant)

    the ._DS-Store is an hidden file!  You need to download a 3rd party software to enable the view of hidden files. Unlike windows, macOS does not give you an option to view those files.

     

    In terminal:

     

      defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

      killall Finder

  • Tranceplant Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 16, 2013 8:41 AM (in response to Hotwheels22)

    Actually guys,  I have found a solution.  Here in the office we realised the jumping of the folders were always with folders with accents.  We are using French Canadian writing so we asked everybody to stop using accents when they name their folders and it's MUCH MUCH better.

     

    It's worth giving it a try.

  • Mike K Calculating status...
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    Sep 21, 2013 5:00 PM (in response to Tranceplant)

    The accents thing is a coincidence. This problem has bothered me for years, and I don't have any files or folders with accents in the names.

    Deleting .DS_store seems to have worked for me.

  • ptw Calculating status...
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    Sep 22, 2013 11:16 AM (in response to Hotwheels22)

    There's a complete anwer here:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/15860101

  • Tranceplant Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 23, 2013 6:07 AM (in response to ptw)

    @PTW

     

    your solution does not work. Sorry

  • korkyk Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jan 25, 2014 10:39 AM (in response to Hotwheels22)

    Finder, more or less, is a frozen product.  It's very poorly designed and doesn't work accurately any more with Mavericks, even. The API for the new Finder causes external apps to take up to 30-45 seconds or more to give you a list of files - completely unacceptable, but this seems to be Apple's developer philosophy since the departure of Steve Jobs who paid attention to detail.

     

    I have solved most of my problems by purchasing Path Finder, which is a clearly superior product.  Unfortunately, but predictively, Apple will not let you default your file browser, but I use Path Finder for everything else. It elimnates most all major issues.

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