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Chapter 3. Customizing the Finder > Customizing the Way Windows Open

Customizing the Way Windows Open

When you create a new Finder window, you can specify options to always open folders in a new window, open new windows in Column view, or use spring-loaded folders and windows. Spring-loaded folders allows you to drag a file or folder on top of another folder, and it springs open to let you continue dragging the selection to another location. Instead of starting and stopping when you move or copy items from one folder to another, you can drag items continuously from folder to folder.

Customize the Way Finder Windows Open

Click the Finder menu, and then click Preferences.

Click General.

Click the New Finder Windows Open pop-up, and then select the window you want to open when you open a new Finder window.

Select or clear the Always Open Folders In A New Window check box.

Select the Open New Windows In Column View check box, or clear it to open windows in the view selected for the active window.

Select or clear the Spring-Loaded Folders And Windows check box. If you select it, drag the slider to adjust the delay.

TIMESAVER When you drag an item to a folder with a spring-loaded folder, you can press the Spacebar to open the window immediately without the delay.

Click the Close button.


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