There are tons of posts about that (like How to set default finder window size?), but none are able to change the default size everywhere, including shared network folders from a Windows PC.

So when I open a network folder through Finder / Connect to Server with a smb:// address, the opened Finder size is always very small (around 770x440 px), regardless of the "remembered" size I did with the Cmd+Resize+Relaunch trick I see everywhere.

I am on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), but it never worked in past OS X versions either.

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I search a lot in com.apple.finder.plist file (under the folder ~/Library/Preferences) to found the answer but I can't. I think the best option to do what you want is to create an AppleScript and use it as a service with automator.

I know that is not what you want, but it's a solution to change window's size for the active window with a shortcut.

We will use the Applescript below (more about this Applescript here)

on run
    tell application "Finder"
        set bounds of front window to {0, 100, 490, 248}
    end tell
end run

How to create the Service with Automator

  1. Open Automator and Select Service

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  2. Search for AppleScript and double click on Run AppleScript

  3. In Service Receives set to no input in any application

  4. Copy the Script below and paste it in Automator enter image description here

  5. Don't forget to save your service (cmd+s) enter image description here

Assign a shortcut for your service

  1. Go to System Preferences / Keyboard / Shortcuts
  2. From the left sidebar select Services
  3. Find your service and add a shortcut (e.x. cmd+shift+w) enter image description here

Now open your folder, press cmd+shift+w and the window's bounds will be change to {0, 100, 490, 248}

More Informations about BoundsProperty, to create your own here


Here's the AppleScript to choose your own width and height for the window without changing the destination from the side of the screen. Just change myWindowWidth and myWindowHeight. Also I have some other variables in comment to understand the code. Please reply if you have any question!

on run
    tell application "Finder"
        --we take the bounds properties of the front window
        set windowAreaDimensions to bounds of the front window
        set x1 to item 1 of windowAreaDimensions
        set y1 to item 2 of windowAreaDimensions
        set x2 to item 3 of windowAreaDimensions
        set y2 to item 4 of windowAreaDimensions

        set destToLeft to x1
        set destToTop to y1
        --set destToRight to x2
        --set destToBottom to y2
        --set previousWindowWidth to destToRight - destToLeft
        --set peviousWindowHeight to destToBottom - destToTop

        set myWindowWidth to 730
        set myWindowHeight to 521
        set sameWidth to destToLeft + myWindowWidth
        set sameHeight to destToTop + myWindowHeight

        --The following line script return the bounds of the front window
        --get the bounds of the front window

        --The following line set our bounds for the front window
        set bounds of front window to {destToLeft, destToTop, sameWidth, sameHeight}
    end tell
end run
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    Is there a way not to change the (x, y) coordinates? Or to retrieve the current ones to reapply them? Because it's a bit annoying when you have multiple monitors, as the window always move to the same screen, regardless of which screen it was before.
    – dbernard
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 19:05
  • @dbernard Of course! I update my answer with new AppleScript. Just change myWindowWidth and myWindowHeight properties. Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 21:17
  • @dbernard I'm happy for that! If you have others questions comment below or if I solved your problem please accept my answer! Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 11:18

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