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Getting Finder icon to work properly

199 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 10, 2013 2:43 PM by ivansky RSS
jay pegg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 9, 2013 6:40 PM

Up until recently I opened the Finder by clicking the icon in the dock. Now a click won't do it. I have to right click the icon and choose " new finder window."

I'd appreciate information that would let me get back to the original one click mode. Thanks, jp


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  • ivansky Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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    Jun 9, 2013 6:46 PM (in response to jay pegg)

    It sounds a bit like your Finder is running, just without any open windows (generally, the Finder is always running).  Most apps can run without having any windows open, they're just often not useful.


    If you start a new finder window, by going to the Finder, then running File->New Finder Window, that window should stay open until you close it.  So next time you switch to the Finder - you're not really "opening" it, as it always stays running - that window should be there.  You will be able to see that you have switched to the Finder because it will become the main menu in the menu bar at the top of the screen.


    Does that help?


    The only time I see a Finder window disappear without me actually closing it is when it is open to a removable volume, e.g. an external disk or USB stick.  If I then eject the volume, the window will also vanish.  Perhaps that is causing the confusion?


    Also,  I find the application switching shortcut Cmd-Tab very useful for switching between apps, including to the Finder. Clicking in the dock is another way to do it too of course.





  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (14,995 points)
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    Jun 9, 2013 6:57 PM (in response to jay pegg)

    This behavior survives a restart?

  • ivansky Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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    Jun 10, 2013 2:43 PM (in response to jay pegg)

    Glad to hear the problem is solved.  With the Cmd-tab shortcut I find it useful to mouse over the application I want - you can use a combination of mouse and keyboard.




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