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10.3: An ExposÚ trick to show the last viewed Finder window Desktop
Open a bunch of finder windows then press F11 then press the equal (=) key. When you do, the top Finder window will come back on the screen. That's it.

[robg adds: This only works for Finder windows.]
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10.3: An ExposÚ trick to show the last viewed Finder window
Authored by: marklander on Dec 04, '03 12:06:03PM

Seems to work with any non-modifier key.



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10.3: An ExposÚ trick to show the last viewed Finder window
Authored by: jcburns on Dec 04, '03 12:43:58PM

This isn't working on Finder windows using any key. Maybe it's tied to the names of your hard disks and so on (mine isn't named Macintosh HD anymore)...?



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10.3: An ExposÚ trick to show the last viewed Finder window
Authored by: superrcat on Dec 04, '03 01:57:48PM

The Finder window has to be the active window. If you have Finder windows open and Safari or something is the active application, then it will not work.



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10.3: An ExposÚ trick to show the last viewed Finder window
Authored by: mm2270 on Dec 04, '03 12:43:09PM

Great hint! I didn't understand the hint at first until I tried it, now I get it and I like it. It's like, a quick way to clear up Finder window clutter and then bring only the front window back to focus on it.

It's only too bad other applications don't work with this :\



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10.3: An ExposÚ trick to show the last viewed Finder window
Authored by: jakacmar on Dec 04, '03 02:48:46PM

Couldn't get this to work for a while. In order to get it to work I had to change the view of the window from Column to something else (e.g., Icon view) and then it worked (changing it back to column after the switch usually allows it to continue working). Seems to me like it's suffering from the same problem as many other Finder shortcuts (as mentioned in a hint from yesterday.)
Of note, if, after hitting the = key, you close the window, hitting it again will bring up the next Finder window.



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10.3: An ExposÚ trick to show the last viewed Finder window
Authored by: NovaScotian on Dec 04, '03 03:47:02PM

This is a disaster with my G4 dual screens - everything flew off to the right of the rightmost screen and I had to logout/in to get a normal screen setup.



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10.3: An ExposÚ trick to show the last viewed Finder window
Authored by: petersss on Jan 03, '04 08:09:14PM

With G4 multiscreen I find it does fly off to the right, but clicking on the border left there restores everything without problems

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10.3: An ExposÚ trick Beware the Enter key
Authored by: outofcontrol on Dec 04, '03 10:05:22PM

I pressed F11 I then played around with different keys. I pressed the Enter button on the numeric keypad and a small text box appeared in the middle of my desktop with the text hilighted. I of course instincively typed over the text and hit enter again.

Perhaps it is a Finder bug.

What I was really doing was renaming the last active item in the top finder window that was now hidden off to the side of the screen.

when I pressed F11 again, or pressed the equal sign, my finder window re-appeared with the most recent active item renamed to something utterly useless.

Hope this saves someone!



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10.3: An ExposÚ trick Beware the Enter key
Authored by: tsharvey17 on Dec 05, '03 12:49:24AM

Definitely a bug. It seems very inconsistent for me (in column view) and I was able to duplicate your issue with the floating textbox for the filename. Seems like a bug to me.



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10.3: An ExposÚ trick to show the last viewed Finder window
Authored by: White Fire on Dec 05, '03 02:05:31AM

This doesn't seem to work if you try doing it twice with a window that has no icons in it.

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10.3: An ExposÚ trick to show the last viewed Finder window
Authored by: b3uk on Dec 05, '03 08:01:58AM

it looks like this happens because you're essentially just typing into the window, pressing a letter key will bring the window back with the corresponding icon highlighted. It doesn't seem to work more than once with column view windows. Cool nevertheless :-)

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Not this special
Authored by: Bensch on Jan 02, '04 05:35:10PM

The frontmost Finder-Window stays active even when not visible cause of ExposÚ.

If you press a key, i.e. "g", the window comes back and higlights the first item called "g********".
I think that's a bug.

I don't see the use of this feature.You have to be in Finder and it works for the active window only. I can see this window anyway. Why using F11-keystroke?



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Not this special
Authored by: zpjet on Jan 18, '04 11:18:33PM

i think purpose of the f11 is to see what is on the desktop - then, if i want e.g. to copy something to or from the last finder window visited, i find this hint very useful



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