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Force folders in the Dock to open in Finder Desktop
I keep frequently used folders and devices in the dock. The default behavior for clicking or using Dock focus then return is either the accordions, or with the command key opening the enclosing folder, neither of which I find very useful.

Solution: Create aliases (which I collect in one folder, also for easy access), and place them on the dock. Clicking or return when focused opens the folder.

[crarko adds: Simple, but useful. A similar technique was used for a long time to simulate portions of the classic Apple menu, before people really adjusted to using the Dock.]
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Force folders in the Dock to open in Finder
Authored by: Unsoluble on Feb 16, '12 10:19:12AM

Note that there is a keyboard shortcut for this as well: Hold both Command and Option while clicking the folder in the Dock.



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Force folders in the Dock to open in Finder
Authored by: Unsoluble on Feb 16, '12 10:51:00AM

(I used to use the alias method too, because I wanted them to open with single clicks, and also early versions of OS X didn't have the option to show the icons as folders, not stacks. But with aliases you lose the ability to drag and drop items into the folders, so I've gone back to "real" folders plus Command-Option-click when I need it.)



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Force folders in the Dock to open in Finder
Authored by: menace690 on Feb 16, '12 11:47:31AM

It may take two clicks, but why not right click and choose open on the folder on the dock?



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Force folders in the Dock to open in Finder
Authored by: sojourner on Feb 16, '12 07:35:25PM

Oh, this is the best hint. And I didn't know about cmd-opt-click, so I'm oh-so-very-happy to know both options. So very happy.



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Force folders in the Dock to open in Finder
Authored by: llee on Mar 19, '12 08:40:06AM

It should be noted that Dock orientation affects these shortcuts. If you keep your Dock anchored to the right side of the screen as I do, the behavior is different.



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