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10.5: Open parent folder in a new window Desktop
By default, double-clicking a folder in the Mac OS X Finder opens the folder in the current window. You probably know that you can open a new window for a folder that appears in the current window by holding down the Command key before double-clicking. You might also know you can open the parent of the current folder in a new window with Command-Up Arrow -- but this will close the original folder, too.

To open the parent folder of the current window in a new window, while leaving the current window open, hold Command and Control, and then press the Up Arrow key on the keyboard.
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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: diamondsw on Oct 06, '08 08:26:11AM

"By default, double-clicking a folder in the Mac OS X Finder opens the folder in the current window."

Such a wretched default... This hint is just yet another reason why browser-style windows should be completely separate entities from spatial windows.



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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 06, '08 12:02:44PM

...and such a wretched pain in the proverbial to set your own preference.

I agree they should be separate entities, but keep your pecker up! It's not like Apple is forcing browser views down your throat!



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Authored by: wjv on Oct 07, '08 03:03:48AM
Well, at least under Leopard, if you open a folder in a borderless "spatial" Finder window, that folder opens in a new spatial window of its own even if the "Always open folders in a new window" box is not checked in the Finder's preferences.

This make it at least somewhat easier to switch from a browser-like Finder to a quasi-spatial finder (and to switch between the two).

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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: tallest on Oct 06, '08 08:44:47AM

A command-click on the folder icon in the title bar shows the hierarchy of folders containing the currently displayed files.

Command clicking on one of those folders will open that folder in a new Finder window.



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Open parent site in a new tab
Authored by: tallest on Oct 06, '08 08:49:59AM
Actually, this works in safari too.

Command-clicking in the title in the title-bar shows a list of sites backtracking to the original domain. For example, at the site

http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/eagleeye/

I see

http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/
http://www.apple.com/trailers/
http://www.apple.com/

Command clicking on one of those will open it in a new tab.

(Note that I only used this site because it was the longest I saw in the completions Safari gave me when I typed apple.com)

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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: seika7 on Oct 07, '08 09:37:38PM

In 10.5, you can also use a right-click or control-click to get the same hierarchy menu in the Finder or Safari.



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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: sipatel on Oct 09, '08 09:57:39PM

This is basic stuff that's been on Macs since whenever...

Since System 6, I have set up my Mac to always open my Finder windows in list view and since OSX, I just select "Always open folders in a new window" from the Finder Preferences General tab.

Then, if I need to open a folder and dismiss the parent folder, I simply Alt/Opt double-click on that folder (also available since System 6). Works better this way.

The only problem that I have seen is that where previously Finder would open a new window and close the parent, 10.5 opens the new folder in the same window and I have to resize the window with the green traffic light button.

If you use full sized windows, including the Toolbar, you can customize the Toolbar to add a "Path" button which shows you how far you've dug into your folder hierarchy. Selecting any folder within that list opens it in a new window.



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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: PizzaCake on Oct 06, '08 09:52:39AM

That Safari hint is new to me, thanks.



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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: gizmo on Oct 06, '08 12:07:18PM

What OS was this found in? I'm running Tiger (10.4.11) and when I try CTRL + COMMAND + UP ARROW the Finder does the same thing as COMMAND + UP ARROW. If I hold ALT + COMMAND + UP ARROW then the Finder will open the parent folder in a new window, but also closes the first window. Is the original hint a Leopard only feature?



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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: Volt on Oct 06, '08 06:50:10PM

I'm also using Tiger and it doesn't seem to work.

I wondered why I've never heard of it before, but I guess it's a new feature.



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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: llee on Oct 27, '08 09:42:29AM

Yes, it appears only to work in Leopard. I'll have to ask Rob to assign it that way.



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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: outaru on Oct 06, '08 03:00:04PM

i love this hint.. very useful..



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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: MartiNZ on Oct 06, '08 04:00:35PM

Nice. This is useful for moving a file up a directory while not using column view.

With Safari it's a lot less obvious that the title bar can be cmd-clicked or right-clicked, given that there is no icon there. That's useful as well - I didn't realise further cmd-clicking to open in a new tab worked there. Nice work.



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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: Storm608 on Oct 07, '08 05:02:35AM

I may be dense but I don't see the point of this hint. I use Leopard and open my Finder windows in list view and I just select "Always open folders in a new window" from the Finder Preferences General tab and then I don't need to worry about the parent folder, it's at the bottom of the cascaded windows.



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Authored by: llee on Oct 27, '08 09:40:19AM

I used to keep that setting too, until I discovered that if I give it up, I can easily limit my spotlight searches to the contents of the frontmost Finder window. That outweighed the need for the OS 9 behavior. This hint may help mitigate what you lose by turning "open in a new window" off.



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Open parent folder in a new window
Authored by: llee on Nov 01, '08 03:59:14PM
I kept "Always open folder in a new window" checked for a long time as well, because I was used to the behavior in the classic Mac OS. What changed my mind is the behavior of command-f if the option is not selected. if it isn't selected, then the choice to restrict the search to nested items of the frontmost window's folder is available in the toolbar when you press command-f. Rob Griffiths told me he thinks that difference in behavior is a bug, and submitted a report about it.

The Macworld thread at ([link:]http://forums.macworld.com/thread/101589/) started by Rob contains information about the bug/feature.



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