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Force spring-load folder when auto spring load is disabled. Apps
I disabled automatic spring-loaded folders. But wanted to have ability to manually activate it.

As you know if you drag one folder to another you can wait a little or immediately press spacebar. In both cases folder "spring-loads".

But auto spring-load annoys me more than helps. Because I often need to find folder I want to spring-load. And also I have to control that I am not hovering some other random folder. And sometimes I start dragging folder and in some depth forget to control not hovering any unnecessary folder.
"And boom!" and spring-loads wrong folder.

In Finder Settings (Finder menu -> Settings or CMD+,) you can disable auto opening spring-loaded folders.
But it will also disable manual opening folder via pressing spacebar.

But the hint is to double click spacebar when you hover necessary folder. "And boom!"
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Force spring-load folder when auto spring load is disabled.
Authored by: derekJAB on Nov 27, '13 05:20:23AM

Hmm. I can still open folders with a single press on the space bar.



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Force spring-load folder when auto spring load is disabled.
Authored by: benwiggy on Nov 27, '13 07:23:50AM

Again, does this hint really belong in "Applications"....?



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Force spring-load folder when auto spring load is disabled.
Authored by: sduck on Nov 27, '13 07:44:56PM

What's a spring loaded folder? What version of OS X are you referring to? I seem to recall spring loaded folders from OS X 10.4 or so, but they've been gone for quite a while.



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Force spring-load folder when auto spring load is disabled.
Authored by: benwiggy on Nov 28, '13 01:21:22AM

It refers to the function where a folder opens when you drag and hover a file or files over it, allowing you to navigate through a hierarchy while holding down the mouse button on the drag.
As you say, it's been in OS X forever -- it never went away.



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Force spring-load folder when auto spring load is disabled.
Authored by: keirthomas on Nov 28, '13 03:13:06AM

Not just folders but Dock icons will spring in much the same way when you hover an item over them -- try it with the Finder icon, for example, or the Preview icon. And similarly tapping Space will speed-up the process.

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Force spring-load folder when auto spring load is disabled.
Authored by: keirthomas on Nov 28, '13 01:08:00AM

To everybody who thinks this is a dud tip... You're wrong. It's a great tip that I'm surprised nobody's spotted until now.

What he's saying is that even when you deactivate spring-loaded folders in Finder preferences, you can still tap the spacebar twice when hovering an item over a folder to make it spring-load.

This is pretty cool and it works in Mavericks. It'll be interesting to know if it works in older releases of OS X.

For those who don't know what spring-loaded folders are: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/organizing-with-springloaded-folders-in-mac-os-x-l.html

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Force spring-load folder when auto spring load is disabled.
Authored by: ragnu on Nov 28, '13 05:53:40AM

But derekJAB is right. I'm running Mavericks, have disabled spring loading, and only have to hit the space bar once to open the folder I'm hovering over.



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Force spring-load folder when auto spring load is disabled.
Authored by: keirthomas on Nov 28, '13 07:13:52AM

The rule seems to be as follows:

- One tap of the spacebar for folders on the desktop
- Two taps for folders inside a Finder window

Also one tap of the spacebar to "spring" Dock apps.

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Force spring-load folder when auto spring load is disabled.
Authored by: ALT147 on Jan 30, '14 04:44:51AM

That doesn't track with my experience. For me it seems to depend more on whether the window is displayed in List view or Icon view...

Edited on Jan 30, '14 04:45:41AM by ALT147



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Force spring-load folder when auto spring load is disabled.
Authored by: Felix on Dec 17, '13 06:33:37PM

Just to make it clear for folks running Mavericks, it's really Finder --> Finder menu --> Preferences --> General (bottom item).

Apple put it out on 23 Oct 13 ... http://support.apple.com/kb/PH13872



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