Related to How can I open a Terminal window directly from my current Finder location?, I would like to have a terminal window open in one location, and open another one.

E.g. under Linux, I could be in ~/foo/bar/files/ in one terminal window, and type Ctrl-Shift-N and a new window would open at that same location.

In Mac OS X, I can only do ⌘N which opens a new terminal in my home directory. Is there any way to open the new terminal in the current directory?


Simply change the Terminal settings Terminal -> Preferences -> Startup -> New windows open with: Same Working Directory.

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  • Damn, looked right at it and didn't see it. Thank you! – Edward Falk Apr 19 '16 at 1:45
  • Interesting … it only works if the terminal is at a shell prompt. Well, I can live with it. – Edward Falk Apr 19 '16 at 1:48
  • OK, I think I figured that last issue out -- the shell writes the current PWD into the title bar, and I think terminal window is using that information to figure out where to place a new window. If an app has changed the title bar label (and I've programmed vim to do just that), then the terminal window app can't figure it out. – Edward Falk Jul 24 '16 at 21:33

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