Finder does not seem to navigate to the last folder opened. For instance, when I am saving several files or images - it would be nice to (and used to ) open in the last place I placed something - now it defaults to "User" and I have to navigate each time - very frustrating.

  • You are correct that Finder doesn't work in the way you describe. Are you looking perhaps for software to add this function like DefaultFolderX or more interested in knowing if you have missed a setting?
    – bmike
    Commented Aug 30, 2013 at 10:53

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In Finder, use the Go in menu => Recent Folders. This is the closest you can get to

"open[ing] in the last place I placed something"

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More Information:

If you don't like the default, you can change the default Finder window to open as well. Go to Preferences in Finder.

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    Thanks, this was helpful. Do you happen to know of any hot keys that will perform that same task (the equiv. of shift + cmd + t in Chrome to open the last closed tab)?
    – kuanb
    Commented May 30, 2017 at 16:42

Here is the solution to the OS Mojave, Finder problem

  • Click on top-left Apple icon
  • Then click on System Preferences
  • Then General
  • And then uncheck the box saying, "Close windows when quitting an app"
  • It will save your session of Finder and when you restart your system it will show you last opened tabs of the session

NOTE: before Shut Down or Restart of the system, don't close the Finder

Mojave Finder solution

  • Maybe this is not the answer to this particular question, but this answers my need: Reopen previous/last open windows of Finder. Thanks! Commented Apr 2 at 11:56

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