So let’s move on to my next UI pet peeve^H^H^H^H^H^H serious issue.
I open one window, say a column view window, and navigate the filesystem hierarchy to a particular location. I see that location’s contents in the window.
Let’s say at that point I want to see, side by side with the original window, the contents of a location next to the original location. Two locations, same parent folder.
In Mac OS 9, this was trivial:
- Double-click the folder icon representing the sibling location, and it pops up in a new window.
In Mac OS X, to my knowledge, it is not trivial.
OS X thinks of Finder windows as separate working sessions, not as locations. Each session is distinct, and sessions don’t need to talk to each other.
Here’s the way I’ve figured out to do it:
- Drag the folder icon representing the sibling location into Terminal.
- Remove, by hand, escape characters preceding spaces anywhere in the location’s full path.
- Select the path and copy it.
- Open a new window.
- Press Cmd-Shift-G to invoke the “Go to the folder:” sheet for that window.
- Paste in the full path and hit the Return key.
Now, for locations that are easy to navigate to, this is overkill. Instead, just open a window to the same base location and navigate the same way as you did to get to the original place. But that’s a pain, and inelegant to boot.
Better solution? An “Open in New Window” folder contextual menu item would do the trick.