I frequently use command-click in the titlebar to open the parent folder of a folder in the Finder. In Mavericks, instead of opening a new window with the same view style, it opens a new tab in "column" view.

Is there any way to disable Finder tabs? I don't want them, ever, and especially not when command-clicking a titlebar.

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Finder → Preferences → General → uncheck Open folders in tabs instead of new windows

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