Mac Tip: Change The Open Folder When Going To A New Finder Window

Posted in How To on 17/02/2012 by Mark Greentree


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How To: Change The Open Folder When Going To A New Finder Window

Many of you would use the option in The Finder which is New Finder Window. It can be located by navigating to File > New Finder Window from the Menu Bar, or pressing Command + N on your keyboard when in the Finder.

By default the new window displayed will be your Home folder.

If you wanted it to display another folder what would you do?

Simply navigate to Finder > Preferences from the Menu Bar. You could also press Command + , (Comma) on your keyboard as shown below:

Doing this will present you with the following window:

You will notice in the middle of the window above that you have ‘New Finder Windows Show:’. If you select the drop down menu you will be given a list of alternatives to your home folder as can be seen below:

You can select a wide range of default folders or choose your own by selecting “Other”. Even folders on external drives connected to your system can be used, as can Network Attached Storage (NAS) drives.

  • Robyn

    Interesting!  Could you explain why one would use this?  Years ago, there was a utility called Super Boomerang (later part of Now Utilities, IIRC) that was great for this–and I believe even customizable by program.  On the fly, you could change the default folder.  Of course, better behaved programs already do this– returning you to the last used one.

    More impressive, however, was SB’s putting a pull down menu into every open files dialog– that was the ticket.  Instant navigation to wherever you wanted to go.

    Here’s a tip.  I just discovered, much to my chagrin as a 25-year veteran of the Mac OS who should have explored OS X more fully, that the Open Dialog box contains not just the standard way of navigating elsewhere a la Finder but a “Recent Places” section as part of the pull-down menu!

    To see this, go to TextEdit and select open.  If you click on the name of the folder, the pull down menu there, you’ll see Recent Places at the bottom.


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