I have a folder in my dock where I want to drop files. When hovering over the icon, the folder always pops up as new Finder window. I want it to be a stack or a list. Is there a way to achieve this?

  • You can control-click on the folder and choose stack or list but that affects how it is shown when you click on it. I think you're talking about spring-loading and the control-click settings do not seem to affect this.
    – lhf
    Jul 12, 2013 at 12:02
  • Yes, I know and tried all three of these settings, they seem to have no effect for drag and drop.
    – fbolte
    Jul 12, 2013 at 13:51
  • Might it, by any chance be a smart folder? If so then there is no way around this. Jul 12, 2013 at 20:56
  • No, it's not a smart folder, so I keep my hopes up.
    – fbolte
    Jul 14, 2013 at 21:47

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In Finder preferences (⌘ cmd + , from Finder itself), unchecking "Spring-loaded folders and windows" will prevent a window from opening up when dragging files to a folder.

  • AFAIK this has no affect on dock folders, and the Finder window that appears when adding a file to such a folder.
    – grg
    Sep 15, 2013 at 11:10
  • This prevents the folders in my Dock from popping up at all. So I could only copy/move into the parent folder. I need to drop files into the child folders.
    – fbolte
    Sep 16, 2013 at 14:50

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