Does anybody know how to setup a smart folder as Finders default folder?

If I try to select the smart folder in Finder settings, the "choose" button is deactivated like the screenshot shows:

Finder settings

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Finder preferences doesn't allow this. You need to set the preference yourself:

defaults write com.apple.finder NewWindowTargetPath -string "file:///Users/path"

Requires log out and log in.

  • Unfortunately not working for me, i tried defaults write com.apple.finder NewWindowTargetPath -string "/Users/" and a new Finder windows defaults to /Users/paul (I restarte the Finder app) Another question: Since the smart folder ist just a ".savedSearch" file, do I have to point "NewWindowTargetPath" directly to the file? Feb 14, 2015 at 13:55
  • I can confirm this does not work Mar 17, 2016 at 15:06
  • @mliqu Apologies, I missed the file:// prefix, can you try again?
    – grg
    Mar 17, 2016 at 19:21
  • @bassgang Yes, you should be able to point this at a ‘.savedSearch’. I missed the file:// prefix — see the edit.
    – grg
    Mar 17, 2016 at 19:22
  • @grgarside thanks for replying, still not working for me, here is what i am doing: defaults write com.apple.finder NewWindowTargetPath -string "file://Users/mliqu/Library/Saved Searches/Recent Folders.savedSearch" Mar 17, 2016 at 19:44

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