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Hotwheels22 Level 1 (5 points)
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?


Mac OS X (10.6.3), Mac Pro, MacBook Pro
  • noondaywitch Level 6 (8,135 points)
    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?
  • noondaywitch Level 6 (8,135 points)
    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.
  • Barney-15E Level 8 (46,274 points)
    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 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.
  • KXsig Level 2 (305 points)
    Hi N,

    I think the same issue is posted here


    Good luck.
  • Hotwheels22 Level 1 (5 points)
    HiKX, All.

    Thanks for the look.

    This is not the issue that I have. This poster appears to see the selection in the Finder window to jump around basically at will.

    My issue is the following:

    If I open the Documents folder in list view in Finder
    and then I scroll down to the last folder in the list in Documents folder (I have a lot of folders in Documents)
    and then I select the last folder or item in the list
    then I scroll all the way back up to the top of the Finder window.

    If I uncollapse the first folder in the list view in Finder,
    finder then jumps all the way down to show the last item in the list -
    either the folder or item I selected at the beginning.

    This means that I am now looking at the last item in Finder when I want to be looking at the contents in the first item - the folder that I uncollapsed.

    ODDLY this does not happen the same way in reverse. If I select the first folder in the list, then scroll all the way down to the last Folder in the list and uncollapse that folder - finder will not scroll all the way to the top to show me the item that was selected.

    Does this make sense?

    If not is there software on the mac that will let me take a video of it and post it somewhere?

    It's very annoying and I'd like to know if I can prevent it...

  • Hotwheels22 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi Thanks again.

    One item of clarification is that I am on a 13" MPB with a lot of documents and folders.

    When I uncollapse a folder it means that the items in that folder often run off the screen so that I don't see the next folder in the finder window.

    thanks again.
  • Hotwheels22 Level 1 (5 points)
    sorry. this was the OP I was referring to:

    Am I the only one having this annoying behavior?

    In list view, particularly when using sorting by date, if I scroll up it keeps going down to select a certain file (not always the same, as if it memorizes one in a given window), and keeps going there no matter what other file I select. Sometimes it waits a second or two before scrolling back, sometimes it does even while I am scrolling. It's driving me crazy! No update (I am in 10.6.4) ever changed this behavior which appeared with SL.

    I have a video showing the behavior, you find it here

    Where does it come from? How can I get rid of it? Thanks in advance for any help
  • KXsig Level 2 (305 points)
    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.
  • Hotwheels22 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi. Thanks. Duh.

    I went to Finder, Preferences to find the calculate sizes option you asked about.

    I uncheck "Spring Loaded Folders and Windows" and it disappears....

    God this was a frustrating issue...

    Thanks to all for the assists!

  • KXsig Level 2 (305 points)
    Hi H,

    Great to know!

    Cheers, K.
  • Hotwheels22 Level 1 (5 points)
    thanks again!
  • Barney-15E Level 8 (46,274 points)
    Spring loaded folders shouldn't cause the behavior you describe.
  • Hotwheels22 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi Barney.

    Thanks very much.

    I seem to have this kind of funky behaviour in a number of OS issues and have been slowly trying to nail them down. I'm a new user so it is very hard for me to find the time to address them as I convert and try to keep working.

    I /do/ have two "insecure startup items disabled" warnings that come up on startup. I have done a couple of archive installs due to trying to move items that were coming in from a pc (this was a nightmare because I was finding all my buried images from my pc folders on the mac and turns out finder was copying instead of moving these images because it thought they weren't on the hd apparently).

    Anyway, it has definitely solved the issue which was mind-numbingly stupid behavior. I would have addressed it five months ago but a mac genius acted like it was normal behavior...

    Anyway, do I drag and drop the finder plist at this point? Do you have any recommendations beyond this particular issue (which seems to have been solved in an odd way apparently).

  • Hotwheels22 Level 1 (5 points)
    christ. I just unclicked this option and I don't see the behavior. I guess I'll have to keep an eye out for this and repost if it comes up again...
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