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Why does Finder jump around (jump around)

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Hotwheels22 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Sep 11, 2010 12:09 PM
Can anyone help me better understand (and perhaps prevent) some of Finder's funkier behavior? I'm coming from the land of PC (thanks for the warm welcome) but find this jumping around really confusing and troublesome.

I'm on a 13" MBP and when I try and uncollapse a folder, I think I want finder to stay "focused" on the folder that I am uncollapsing. Right now it seems to (?) jump all the way down, or all the way up, to whatever folder happens to be /selected/. This means that I am /constantly/ scrolling through a list of 100's of files to get /back/ to the folder that I am interested in.

Finder should know this since it is the folder I just uncollapsed...

Since the "selected" folder is totally irrelevant to me it is a total PITA to constantly be running around like this.

Do I /really/ have to select the folder I am uncollapsing and /then/ uncollapse the folder in order to get finder to stay focused on the folder I am interested in and I am uncollapsing?

Thanks.
Mac OS X (10.6.3), Mac Pro, MacBook Pro
  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    Sep 11, 2010 12:35 PM (in response to Hotwheels22)
    I'm finding it rather difficult to follow exactly what you're doing. Your terminology is unfamiliar.

    First, when you open Finder, what view do you have selected for the Finder window? Icon, list or column?
    iMac 24" 1.93GHz/620/4G, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Mac Book 2.4/250/2G, MacBook 2.4/160/2G, 10.6.4
  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    Sep 11, 2010 12:51 PM (in response to Hotwheels22)
    Right, I'm guessing you must be using list view (fairly logical for a Windows user I suppose).

    However, just playing around in that view now, I can't replicate the behaviour you describe. One folder highlighted, expanding multiple other folders, the window stays where I scroll it whatever's selected elsewhere.
    iMac 24" 1.93GHz/620/4G, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Mac Book 2.4/250/2G, MacBook 2.4/160/2G, 10.6.4
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,370 points)
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    Sep 11, 2010 3:12 PM (in response to Hotwheels22)
    I can't replicate it either, but I have seen other posts indicating funny behavior like that in list view.
    If a restart (or Relaunch Finder in Force Quit) doesn't fix it, try deleting the com.apple.finder.plist file from your user/Library/Preferences folder.

    It was quite a while ago I saw that post, so if you search, use advanced and select All for the scope.
    1.8 SP G5/iMac G4 FP/MBP 2.33/iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • KXsig Level 2 Level 2 (305 points)
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    Sep 11, 2010 5:08 PM (in response to Hotwheels22)
    Hi N,

    I think the same issue is posted here http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2560838

    Right?

    Good luck.
    MacBook Pro 1,1, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • KXsig Level 2 Level 2 (305 points)
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    Sep 11, 2010 7:00 PM (in response to Hotwheels22)
    Hi H,

    Yes, this is the behavior video I found similar to your experience.

    Do you have the calculate all sizes option on?

    Good luck.
    MacBook Pro 1,1, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • KXsig Level 2 Level 2 (305 points)
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    Sep 11, 2010 8:25 PM (in response to Hotwheels22)
    Hi H,

    Great to know!

    Cheers, K.
    MacBook Pro 1,1, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,370 points)
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    Sep 12, 2010 4:11 AM (in response to Hotwheels22)
    Spring loaded folders shouldn't cause the behavior you describe.
    1.8 SP G5/iMac G4 FP/MBP 2.33/iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
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