Is there a script for making folders open in a new window by default in OS X Yosemite or OS X El Capitan?

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Set folders to open in tabs or windows

  1. In the Finder, choose Finder > Preferences, then click General.
  2. Select or deselect “Open folders in tabs instead of new windows.”

Open folders in tabs or windows

Press the Command (⌘) key while you double-click the folder.

The folder opens in a new tab or window, depending on your Finder preferences. Tip: If the Finder toolbar and sidebar are hidden, double-clicking a folder without pressing the Command key opens the folder in a new window.

To open a new Finder window without opening a specific folder, choose File > New Finder Window or press Command (⌘)–N.

Info from: OS X Yosemite: Open folders in new Finder tabs or windows

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    I don't really want to hold down Command and double click on a folder in order to open it in a new window... Bring back Panther/Lion Finder any time - At least I had control!
    – Ric
    Aug 4, 2017 at 10:30

So I guess the answer is "no" then.

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