For several months now whenever I double click on a folder on my desktop via the Finder under OS X Leopard Finder closes my active window rather than opening the folder as it should. Moving this folder somewhere other than /Users/somas1/Desktop/ allows me to open folders as expected. The only way to currently to open folders on the desktop is to hold down the option button while double clicking. What exactly is going on here and how do I fix it?


I haven't been able to reproduce this symptom, nor find a combination of controls in System Preferences and the Finder Preferences that would account for it.

It sounds like the finder thinks that the option key state is opposite from what you think it is. That is, closing the existing window when opening a new one is the expected behavior when the option key is depressed.


Do I understand that this effects only folder on the desktop?

If so, control-click the desktop to bring up the contextual menu, then go to More...:Configure Folder Actions..., and see what is active for that folder.

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  • Thank you, you've fixed my problem. I had a very useless folder action enabled for the Desktop that auto-closed all subfolders. I don't even understand why such a script exists and have never really "gotten" folder actions as a whole. I think I turned folder actions on at one point to better understand them and then promptly forgot about them. – somas1 Jul 29 '09 at 13:29

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