Mac Tips: Make folders open in a new window

I remember a friend of mine complaining awhile back about the strange way that the Macintosh opens new folders in the same window instead of a new one. This seems a hard transition for some users. There are a couple of different methods for opening folders (or devices) in new windows:

  1. Command Clicking – Holding the command key while double clicking a folder opens the following folder in a new window. This is great if you only want this behavior some of the time.
  2. Modify the Finder Preferences – With the Finder in the foreground, choose Finder -> Preferences… and check the box that says “Always open folders in a new window” Now all folders will open in new windows. Command clicking will now have the opposite effect.

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