If I have a Finder window open for browsing, for example, my home folder, and then I want to open the applications folder by clicking the desktop, using the menu at the top, GoApps (or just the keyboard shortcut Shift + Command + A), Finder will steal the window I currently have open for browsing my home catalog and instead open the apps folder in that Finder window.

I don't like it when finder steals my windows, and I would very much prefer Finder finding its own window for displaying the apps folder. Is there a setting I can do to prevent Finder from re-using my open windows?

  • Given that the prevailing answer is no, there is no setting for this, I’m curious if your flow would be enhanced by an AppleScript app to explicitly make a new window saved to your desktop or dock?
    – bmike
    Jun 6, 2021 at 15:59
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    I also find it super annoying when I try to open the downloads folder in Finder using the keyboard shortcut, and it redirects me to a Finder window on another desktop where the downloads folder is open.
    – Oion Akif
    Jun 7, 2021 at 6:30

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That's always annoyed me too, but I don't know any way to avoid it other than opening a new window manually first.

Cmd ⌘ N
Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ A

It's pretty quick, considering.


The issue is perceptual. You're expecting the application/document model, when it's the browser/page model.

Finder is navigating, not opening documents.

If you open a second document in Word, you now have two documents open.

But if you click a link in "Hot Network Questions" over on the right, it takes this browser window there. In fact if you click a bookmark/favorite, it navigates this window there.

See the difference? In one case you are opening a document, in the other case you are navigating content.

Finder like any file manager, is set up like a navigator, because that is how most people interact with folders/directories most of the time.

The "Go..." menu is like bookmarks/favorites.

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    This explains the “why” but it doesnt answer the question - since time began, theres always been an option in web browsers to open a link in a new window or tab, thats what the OP is asking for here, not to be told “you are holding it wrong”…. Finders behaviour is a continued source of annoyance for many OSX users.
    – Moo
    Jun 7, 2021 at 6:32
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    Also, the historical behaviour of Mac Finder was to open each folder in a new window. The 'navigator' behaviour was introduced in early OS X, IIRC, along with the sidebar.
    – nekomatic
    Jun 7, 2021 at 12:42

Holding the Cmd ⌘ key while double-clicking on any folder, will open that folder in a new tab or window

  • This doesn't work for the Go menu, which OP asks about.
    – idmean
    Jun 7, 2021 at 11:31

Just press CMD + N that should solve the problem

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