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I often have a window where i want to drag and drop to a parent folder, and i need another finder window, so i open a new one and need to browse back to where the other window is ...

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most similar thing:

  1. go up one level
  2. CMD + double-click the folder
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does not work for me – wil Oct 4 '12 at 14:13

One solution is, you do Show Path Bar (view menu), then hold Command and double click on the icon in the path bar that represents the current folder.

This works.

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  1. open a new window.
  2. choose "Go -> Go to folder..." or hit Cmd-Shift-G.
  3. drag the proxy icon from the first window (the little icon that appears in the title bar) to the location field in the second window.
  4. hit return.
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Doesn't work in 10.5, but it works in 10.6. – Clinton Blackmore Jan 15 '10 at 15:56

This applescript works for me (Snow Leopard 10.6.7)

tell application "Finder"
    activate --probably not really necessary
    set currentfolder to target of window 1
    set clonedwindow to make new Finder window to currentfolder
end tell

This will open a new window showing the same folder as the current frontmost window. You can then attach this to a keyboard shortcut with Quicksilver or something.

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With your Parent window open (I prefer Columns View) just drag the main folder (the one that contains most of the files you want to transfer to the new window) into the sidebar on the left > under PLACES. This will create a temporary folder alias in all of your windows, in the same place.

So it's not a quick key but now you can just hit CMD + N and only have to click the new sidebar folder. Saves time.

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You might find the Finder replacement "Path Finder" interesting. It allows you to open a second pane with the click a button (they call it a "Dual Pane File Browser"). It also has a little clipboard area that you can temporarily pin files to while you navigate from window to window.


Lots of other cool features - eg the ability to show invisible files, open a CLI at the current path... etc

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It's not possible to execute menu commands while dragging a file. Otherwise, Ctrl-Cmd-Up would be what you want (press Ctrl and look in the Go menu).

I tried creating a Service using Automator that performs a similar action, but that cannot be started while dragging either.

For reference, remember, it didn't work as I hoped:

tell application "Finder"
    set topWnds to every window whose index is equal to 1 as list
    set topWnd to first item of topWnds
    set cwd to target of topWnd as alias
    reveal cwd
end tell
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