I've got a Windows 7 VM (VirtualBox) running on my Macbook, and I'm slowly working my way towards a configuration that gives as consistent behavior as possible between OS X and Windows.

In OS X Finder in Column mode, folders are opened with a single click, but file open requires a double click (which to my mind makes sense now that I've been using my Macbook a while). But in Windows 7, I appear to only be able to chose from either "Single click to open an item" or "Double click to open an item", with "items" being both files and directories.

Is there a way to get consistent behavior in both OS's? I'd prefer it if I could make Win7 open directories on single click but files on double click; but if there was a way to get OS X Finder in Column Mode to open folders and files only on double click, I'd take that too...

  • I'll check when I get home today, but I'm decently sure that my MacBook Pro opens folders only with a doubleclick. – Darth Android Jun 10 '11 at 17:39
  • I just realized I wasn't clear -- I'm using Finder in Column Mode, and by "Opens" I mean opens in the next column to the right – jlarson Jun 10 '11 at 17:41
  • Ah, now your question makes a bit more sense :) You might want to edit your question to include that clarification for future readers. – Darth Android Jun 10 '11 at 17:47

If you're looking for consistent behavior on both OSes, I would switch finder to the same details-style view that windows explorer uses. This will provide similar layouts and click/selection properties across both operating systems.

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  • Only icon view is similar. List view/details view is vastly superior (except for column options) than that of Windows Explorer. – Daniel Beck Jun 10 '11 at 17:59
  • Perhaps, but I would think the general interaction (# of clicks) and visual layout are somewhat similar. I personally still hate the fact that I can't get folders to sort to the top on my Mac, though. – Darth Android Jun 10 '11 at 18:16

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