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Is it possible to configure finder in Mavericks to open new tab (by clicking plus sign or cmd+t) in the same directory by default?

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Press cmd + ctrl + o in Finder without any selection (otherwise you will open-tab to the selection if it's a folder instead).

cmd + ctrl + o will open a new tab in the same folder as the currently opened folder.

No need for any extra things in OS X for this ;-)

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  • How the hell do you not select somthing i listview. – mmm Aug 16 '19 at 12:05
  • Ok, possible with command mouseclick, but possible with keyboard? So i can set up a karabiner thing for this? – mmm Aug 16 '19 at 12:06
  • Make sure that you dont have anything selected in the current tab, just click some empty space. – PJJ Oct 20 '19 at 13:28
  • Nice! To make sure nothing is selected, perform shortcut Command + Option + A. Then Command + Ctrl + O. Using this combination in BetterTouchTool, working well! – AnthoPak Feb 9 '20 at 18:25
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There is another way to accomplish opening a new tab in the same location, if you don't absolutely need to have it as standard.

Open a Finder window and make sure that the Path bar is shown either by going to View -> Show Path Bar or by pressing P. You then get the folder hierarchy in a bar at the bottom of the window. Just hold and double click any item in that bar to open that folder in a new tab (or new window if not using tabs).

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  • Nice ! I knew there should've been something with the path bar! How do you disable tabs so that you get a new window? – Ciprian Tomoiagă Aug 29 '19 at 16:08
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    @CiprianTomoiagă Open Finder preferences, go to the General (leftmost) tab and uncheck "Open folders in tabs instead of new windows" – Lizzan Aug 30 '19 at 5:36
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Another similar approach to the one described by Lizzan but which doesn't need the path bar to be visible is to Cmd-click on the current folder in the title bar of your Finder window. This drops down a list of the hierarchical path to the current folder - so the 2nd entry in the list (after the current folder itself) is the parent of the current folder. If you cmd-click on the parent folder it will open in a new tab. To minimise the clicks required if you cmd-click and hold the cmd-click down then when you release it on the parent folder it will open in a new tab.

This approach is very useful if the folder you want in the new tab is actually a sibling of the current folder in the path hierarchy.

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No, there's no option to do this. The new tab uses the following setting from Finder preferences. There's no option to use the current location or a different location for tabs.

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It's possible to create a automator action and turn it to a service, which you can assign a keyboard shortcut too.

Open automator > select create new service > where it says "service receives selected" choose [files or folder] > where it says "in" choose [Finder.app]

Then find the automator action "reveal finder items" and drag it in. That's it. Save it as a service and then go to keyboard prefs and assign it something like ⌃⌘O. Now when you have a folder selected in finder and do that shortcut it will open a new tap to that location.

It's not perfect. I think I like the Command click title and then command click folder technique better but I thought I'd put it out there.

automator setup

Please write to apple in their feedback page requesting an official finder preference for "new Finder tabs show:" [last opened directory] or [current directory] Maybe they will include in 10.10.

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There's a Finder add-on/replacement called TotalFinder, which has (among other finder tweaks) an option to open new tabs with the location of the last active tab/window.

It's commercial software ($18USD at the time of writing) so probably only worth it if you also want its other features & tweaks.

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Add this to complex modifications in Karabiner. Basically it will simulate go up once, go down once, then cmd + ctrl + o. The first two to make sure nothing is selected.

It is a bit slow though.

If you have a better idea of how to simulate the unselecting of anything then let me know. Maybe up will not work on /.

    "description": "momomo.com.karabiner.finder.new.tab.in.same.location",
        "manipulators": [
                {

                        "conditions": [
                                {
                                        "bundle_identifiers": [
                                                "^com.apple.finder"
                                        ],
                                        "type": "frontmost_application_if"
                                }
                        ],

                        "from": {
                                "key_code": "t",
                                "modifiers": {
                                        "mandatory": [
                                                "left_command"
                                        ]
                                }
                        },
                        "to": [
                                {
                                        "key_code": "up_arrow",
                                        "modifiers": [
                                                "left_command"
                                        ]
                                },
                                {
                                        "key_code": "down_arrow",
                                        "modifiers": [
                                                "left_command"
                                        ]
                                },
                                {
                                        "key_code": "o",
                                        "modifiers": [
                                                "left_command",
                                                "left_control"

                                        ]
                                }
                        ],
                        "type": "basic"
                }
        ]
}

Updated version, better, faster:

"description": "momomo.com.karabiner.finder.new.tab.in.same.location",
"manipulators": [
    {
        "conditions": [
            {
                "bundle_identifiers": [
                    "^com.apple.finder",
                    "^com.cocoatech.PathFinder"
                ],
                "type": "frontmost_application_if"
            }
        ],
        "from": {
            "key_code": "t",
            "modifiers": {
                "mandatory": [
                    "left_command"
                ]
            }
        },
        "to": [
            {
                "key_code": "a",
                "modifiers": [
                    "left_command",
                    "left_option"
                ]
            },
            {
                "key_code": "o",
                "modifiers": [
                    "left_command",
                    "left_control"
                ]
            }
        ],
        "type": "basic"
    }
]
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    Just found another way to deselect: perform shortcut Command + Option + A. Then Command + Ctrl + O. Using this in BetterTouchTool, working well! – AnthoPak Feb 9 '20 at 18:24
  • Deselect all, awesome! I will update my code! – mmm Feb 10 '20 at 18:45

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