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John Dorsey Level 2 Level 2

I am old and set in my ways.  I like having the Finder open a new window when I double click a folder.  Since 1984 I've arranged Finder windows in positions and sizes that suit me and I have never seen any reason to change.


In Mavericks however there does not seem to be a way to default to, "double click opens new Finder window".  My choices under Finder preferences are, open in the same window; or open in a tab.  I don't care for either.


Does anyone know of a way to restore the traditional Finder behavior in Mavericks?  Thanks in advance.

Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9), 18 GB RAM
Reply by dackman on Oct 23, 2013 8:53 AM Helpful

So if you hide the toolbar, your folders open in new windows again? That'll do for me - I never use the toolbar anyway.

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  • macjack Level 9 Level 9

    Finder Preferences > General > uncheck "open folders in tabs instead of new windows."

  • John Dorsey Level 2 Level 2

    That gives me the new folder's content in the existing window.  I want a new, separate window, in a place and size that I've previously set up.

  • John Dorsey Level 2 Level 2

    Interestingly the Finder under Mavericks appears to refuse to honor whichever setting I give it, when I double-click on a folder.  All folders, when I double-click, open in place in the same window.  This is the same whether I have it set to open in 'tabs' or 'windows'.  The settings *do* affect the listing that shows when I right-click on a folder, appropriately reflecting "open in new tab" or "open in new window"; and those work as expected.


    So perhaps my question is a different one, namely, why is the Finder treating my double-clicks to mean one and only one thing?

  • bblonshine Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having  the same issue. I want a folder to open in a new window, not a new tab within the same window. I understand the use of that, and it will come in handy at times, but I still want folders to open in new and seperate windows.

  • John Dorsey Level 2 Level 2

    It's not easy to find much on this issue out on the web, on the day of Mavericks' release, but I am seeing indications here and there that this is intentional behavior, to make the Finder act more like a browser.  So, double-click means "open this link right here" (like a hyperlink in a browser), with options to right-click or command-click and open instead in a new window or new tab (you choose which, in preferences).


    If true this would make operating the Finder a two-handed operation, and require the unlearning of a whooole lot of muscle memory.


    Let me ask:  Are other users able to double-click on a folder in window and get *either* a new tab or a new window out of it?

  • Tezz27000 Level 1 Level 1

    Based on the way the setting is worded in finder preferences (and the fact that ther is a preference for a secondardy operation and not for the primary) I'm hoping that this is a fault that will be fixed in 10.9.1 or something. Maybe I'm just being an optimist.

  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6




    see here:




    Thats actually a VITAL feature to myself, .....the reason behind removing this feature, is to remove a desktop full of a bunch of windows open.......



    .....however i need it,....... its not a "bug" of Mavericks....  but there should be a patch for this missing feature people find important.


    It is a vital missing feature to a lot of people


    I can live without it, but juggling sometimes 5 attached hard drives  and doing file transfers,..., it is a Near-Vital feature

  • TomW123 Level 1 Level 1

    Completely agree with PlotinusVeritas - this needs to be restored right away.

  • TomW123 Level 1 Level 1

    Whoa - I've found a partial fix, set up Secondary Click.  If you have the Apple trackpad or MagicMouse, it's in your Preferences Pane.  Secondary click gives you a menu, the first option of which is Open in New Window. Nowhere near as fast or convenient as double-clicking ... which should still be a Finder Preferences option.

  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6

    that isnt going to work on a macbook or macbook Air.

  • nerdguy Level 1 Level 1

    This really puts a fork in 30 years of Apple UX


    This completely changes how the Finder works, for the worse. Might as well never use the Finder.


    This is some "Windows 8 Start Screen" foolishness, right here.

  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6

    There is a great deal of logic behind this change actually


    And youll find me the LAST PERSON to complain about Mavericks really,......


    not ONLY is it FREE,.......its made my new Air just blazing fast


    My boot time now is 8 SECONDS (my goodness)


    Switching APPS is ultra-fast.........even on my Air, Photoshop opens up LIGHTNING FAST,.....just mind numbingly FAST!




    Thank You to Apple, MAVERICKS IS AWESOME!!!! I REALLY LOVE IT!!!


  • Thrust Level 1 Level 1

    Hey everybody, while I too like most of what Mavericks has to offer, this change is SERIOUSLY making me think about going back to Mountain Lion... please, do as I have done and LET APPLE KNOW you don't like this!


  • Xiebinrui Level 1 Level 1

    PlotinusVeritas wrote:


    that isnt going to work on a macbook or macbook Air.


    What do you mean? Why wouldn't that work on those laptops?


    I'm using a Macbook Pro here and that works like TomW123 describes. I mean, I know a Macbook Pro doesn't equal a Macbook or Macbook Air, but it's just a trackpad setting, right? Not sure what the difference is in trackpads between the various laptops.


    Secondary Click is basically just a Gesture shortcut for Control-Click, so you just click with two fingers and it opens the menu and you click "open in new window."


    Granted, sure, it's not as quick as double-clicking, but I still don't see why this "isn't going to work" on one of those other laptops. Do those models not support Gestures or something?

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