Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!

Use a triple-click for an 'open window behind' action Desktop
I have noticed that rapidly triple-clicking a folder in Tiger opens your chosen folder's window, and then returns you to the orginal folder you first clicked on. This works even if the folder's window opens on top of the original folder you triple-clicked. In practice, it appears to work as an 'open window behind' command.

This only works if the window you open has a lot of icons or you are using a picture as the background pattern for that window, so I supect it is a bug of sorts to do with timing issues.

[robg adds: In experimenting with this, I was able to make it work with a variety of folders -- even those in column view with only a few items. Still, I agree with leeww in that it appears to be some sort of a timing glitch. Since I use OS X in single-window mode, I was using Command-triple-clicks, which also worked just fine. I also tested this in 10.3, and it works the same way there.]
    •    
  • Currently 3.00 / 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  (2 votes cast)
 
[9,365 views]  

Use a triple-click for an 'open window behind' action | 10 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the 'Use a triple-click for an 'open window behind' action' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Use a triple-click for an 'open window behind' action
Authored by: erikzred on Sep 26, '05 08:12:54AM

I believe this happens because after double clicking on the icon, and before the window actually opens, you are clicking on the original window making that the new front window.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use a triple-click for an 'open window behind' action
Authored by: leeww on Sep 26, '05 08:26:43AM

One other thing, click related, I noticed in 0S X is that 'click and a half' seems to have gone, this was the process in 0S 9 and earlier by which you would click and release then on your second click hold the mouse button down without releasing (releasing at this point would just be a standard double click).

A 'click and a half' would turn your cursor into a magnifying glass and as long as you held the mouse button down you could go searching through folders without clicking them open, they would simply open as you rolled you mouse over them, when you eventually found what you were looking for and released your mouse button, the magnifying glass would disappear and all the folders that you had opened (except for the one you ended up in) would automatically close for you.

Anyone know if it is hidden somewhere in 0S X?

Leeww

---
Help!



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use a triple-click for an 'open window behind' action
Authored by: piyayo on Sep 26, '05 08:58:59AM

I dont think so. The OS9 finder was full of little things like this which made it a great app, so much better and faster than the OS X finder. Some of what you describe could be done with spring loaded folders in OS X but they are so slow and many times dont work at all: grab a file, drag it to a folder which spring opens, then to another folder and so on until you find the folder you want the file to go in, when you drop it, all folders close and I find that the file snaps back to where it was before starting the drag operation. Very frustrating so I have spring loaded folders turned off.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use a triple-click for an 'open window behind' action
Authored by: hypert on Sep 26, '05 10:50:42AM
Click-and-a-half is gone in OS X. However, if you used FinderPop in your Classic days, you really need to try the new (and free!) FolderGlance.

This will allow you to browse thru folders without having to open each one, and it removes the delay I remember with click-and-a-half browsing.

[ Reply to This | # ]

Use a triple-click for an 'open window behind' action
Authored by: leeww on Sep 26, '05 12:17:48PM

The secret with OS 9s 'click and a half' to stop it being sluggish was to tap the space bar when you were over a folder, this made them open instantly.

You can try this in OS X by dragging any old file/folder you have laying about over a folder, now watch how long it takes to open, now try the same thing again but when you drag the file/folder over the folder you wish to open tap the space bar, it will open immediately.

---
Help!



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use a triple-click for an 'open window behind' action
Authored by: MJCube on Sep 26, '05 08:21:32PM

I find the OS X Finder's column view about as convenient as click-and-a-half. With column view I rarely need more than one Finder window at a time. And, yes, I often tap the space bar when I want to move or copy something somewhere. It even works on items in the sidebar.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use a triple-click for an 'open window behind' action
Authored by: qwerty denzel on Sep 26, '05 11:58:34PM

The delay for spring-loaded folders can be set in the Finder's preferences panel (as can the actual option for spring-loaded folders).



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use a triple-click for an 'open window behind' action
Authored by: grueni on Sep 30, '05 12:23:54PM

this should be a pick of the month for me... I loved FinderPop and am more than happy to find a part replacement ! THANKS and cheers to Turly the Author of FinderPop and inventor of "Pintware" :-)

J sorry for slight OT touch...



[ Reply to This | # ]
Use a triple-click for an 'open window behind' action
Authored by: disinfor on Sep 26, '05 02:29:48PM

erikzred is right. I tried to duplicate it..and if you triple click on a folder with nothing behind it, you'll notice that the window is actually not at the forefront, but rather the desktop is actually selected.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Single-window mode?!
Authored by: ever on Sep 26, '05 10:30:18PM
Now hold the phone a second there Rob, you said you "use OS X in single-window mode"?! How did you enable that? That's a hint right there. [prays you weren't referring to Finder's "Always open folders in a new window" option :]

[ Reply to This | # ]