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I've been using the Space shortcut to open a new "Search my Mac" Finder window. However, the problem with this is that I recently turned on Sierra's new "prefer tabs when opening windows" option on. That means that if I have a Finder window open in Desktop #4 but am currently in Desktop #1, the "Search my Mac" window will open in the Finder window in Desktop #4. What's even more confusing is that the Finder window isn't brought to the front. It stays in Desktop #4 and no matter how many times you press the Space shortcut, you'll be opening new tabs in that window with no visual cues whatsoever.

So is there any way to (force) open a new Finder window on the current desktop, almost like pressing E on Windows? I do this so often, that having to switch to the desktop with Finder open becomes burdensome.

  • Well, you can always drag the tab off of the tab bar… – saagarjha Feb 24 '17 at 19:54
  • Yeah, but that makes me have to go to that desktop, drag it out, and then go back to my original desktop. Really defeats the purpose of having a shortcut for that anyway! :-o – Skeleton Bow Feb 24 '17 at 19:59
  • Try Command-Alt-N. – saagarjha Feb 24 '17 at 20:01
  • Funny, when the Finder isn't onscreen, it's Command-N, but when it is, it's Command-Alt-N. Thanks for the suggestion, but I wanted something slightly different (and I've updated my post to reflect that!) – Skeleton Bow Feb 24 '17 at 20:26

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