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How do I stop Finder opening a window for each folder navigating action?

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Which OS version?

In Finder Preferences, uncheck "Always open folders in a new window" in the General page

EDIT: Oh, with the toolbar hidden. It might be emulating "classic" Finder behavior. Well, if you hold down Option, it will close each window as it opens the next one.

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Snowie. Don't really want to be holding a button as I traverse my directory structure :( Any way around that? –  romant Jan 20 '10 at 6:29

You can't. The lozenge switches between the spatial Finder, and the browser Finder. They look and act differently. In the spatial Finder, each folder is linked to a window. Why Apple maintains this 'feature' is a mystery to me, but that's the way it is. Why do you want to use the the browser Finder without a toolbar?

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And in the spatial Finder, the location of the window is remembered for each folder as well. –  Arjan Jan 27 '10 at 17:41

I believe this behavior is by design. The problem is that without the toolbar hidden there would be no way (other than a keyboard shortcut) to go back to the previous folder. I believe your only options are to show the toolbar or to have it keep opening new windows.

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I understand its by design. In this regard, their design doesn't fit me :) - I like my keyboard. –  romant Jan 25 '10 at 5:42

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