When in column view in finder, there may be several columns displayed, one for each folder. Let's say the one I really care about is 5 folders deep, and so its far to the right side of the window. How can I make that folder the "root" of the column view window? Alternatively, how do I remove the left-most column/folder from being displayed?

  • Is there something in particular you are trying to accomplish? I don't know of a way to do exactly what you are asking, but maybe there is another way to go about it.
    – samh
    May 13, 2019 at 19:34
  • Sometimes I'm looking in a folder that contains files with long file names, and expanding the column to fit the file names will make the entire window wider. I start to run out of room on my screen, and shrinking the finder window while keeping the column width can be tricky and cumbersome.
    – Ryan
    May 15, 2019 at 21:20

2 Answers 2


Just drag your folder to the "Favorites" panel and it will be the root folder for that window. You can see the full path at the bottom, my folder (Mateus) is deep in the HD but the parent columns are not showing.

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    Thanks! This is the only thing that has worked so far since I'm running macOS Sierra. I'll be upgrading to macOS Mojave soon, so I'll have to come back and try some other solutions.
    – Ryan
    May 15, 2019 at 21:22

Note that this works in macOS High Sierra 10.13, but as mentioned in a comment does not work in macOS Mojave 10.14, and does not appear to work in macOS Monterey 12.6. The second solution at the bottom appears to still work.

One of the ways I know how to have the target folder be the left most column while in Column view in Finder is to do the following:

  1. While in Column view, highlight (select) the target folder.
  2. Either press ControlCommandO or right-click and select: Open in New Tab

The root of the new Tab in Column view will be that of the selected folder and you can close the now previous Tab, if you so choose.

The other way is to do as suggested in Mateus Ribeiro answer, add it to the Sidebar, as suggested, can be done by drag and drop.

Not mentioned in his answer, but another way is after highlighting (selecting) the target folder press ControlCommandT to add it to the Sidebar.

  • On Mojave this isn't quite right. You do get a truncated hierarchy, but the left-most column is the parent of the folder originally highlighted.
    – samh
    May 13, 2019 at 20:08
  • @samh, Hence why I explicitly stated, "Note that this works for me in macOS High Sierra and I have not tested it in other versions of macOS" The OP doesn't mention what version of macOS is being used. May 13, 2019 at 20:10
  • Hence, why I’m including info on other versions of Mac OS.
    – samh
    May 13, 2019 at 21:43
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    Thanks for all the solutions! I'm running macOS Sierra right now. Open in New Tab is not an option after right-clicking, and Control Command O opens the target folder in a new window, but without it being the left-most column. File > New Tab doesn't put the target folder on the left either. Control Command T adds the target folder to the Sidebar. After that, I can use the Sidebar to open the target folder as the left-most column in a new window.
    – Ryan
    May 15, 2019 at 21:16
  • This answer should be deleted since it no longer works. Nov 6, 2021 at 23:55

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