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In Finder, how do you open a folder in a new window, while the existing window keeps the same view?

All file managers I've ever used (on Linux only) have something like "Open folder in new window" in the right-click menu for a folder. Does Finder have this feature in a hidden way, or is there another file manager I should be using on Mac?

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Just hold down the Command key (Cmd) while double clicking the folder and it will open in a new Finder window.

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Interesting. It works, but often brings up two windows, one what I want, the other some other (random?) folder. –  DarenW Jul 21 '11 at 17:53
    
The Control key seems to do the same thing, but w/o the multiple windows coming up. –  DarenW Jul 21 '11 at 17:56
    
If you hold down Ctrl and click, you'll bring up the contextual menu. Cmd-key does work all times here. Maybe you accidentally selected two folders? –  René Jul 21 '11 at 19:31
    
If i select several folder, Command+click brings up all. That was the problem. But still, Control+click brings up a new window just like I want, and no more even if other folders are selected. For context menu, I right-click. –  DarenW Jul 21 '11 at 21:45
    
The Command key also works to select multiple non-contiguous items in a list, such as a list of folder items in a Finder window. What's likely happening is that you already had an item selecte din the Finder window and by Command-clicking the first time, you selected a second one. A way to avoid this is to single-click on the desired item first, so only that one is selected in the list, and then Command-double click it. –  Garrett Albright Jan 16 '12 at 2:07
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Command + Click on a folder opens what ever items you have selected in the current window. So if you have 3 folders selected, you will open each folder in a separate window - Annoying in some instances, but very useful in others.

Otherwise you can goto Finder > Preference and tick the "Always open folders in a new window" option.

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I typically would tap 2 fingers on the Finder, and choose "New Finder Window" That is assuming you enable Two Finger tap to trigger Right Mouse Button click

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