I would like to know how to setup highlighting the item of Finder even when I go back from a nested folder. It's when I display folders in list view.

This is the current status: after I open "01_core_edit" folder and click the back button, there is no highlighted item in Finder as follows:

Current status

What I would like to have when I click back is shown below:

Expected view

If I had that setting, I could easily find the selected item when going back and it'd be much easier to operate. How can I do that?

2 Answers 2


This is not exactly what you are looking for, but I'm not sure if what you are asking is possible. If you select Finder option Always open folders in a new window then the original window with the highlighted folder will be preserved.

Go to Finder - Preferences to change this setting.

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  • Thank you for telling me and My setting is like it. I should put more information about my Finder view type. Sorry about it. when to use column view, I can see the selected item is highlighted. But I would like to see selected item by highlighting in the list view.
    – Juza
    Feb 16, 2014 at 9:53

I found how to do this by command but not by back button.



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