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Why is desktop default checked with new window?

by lylemcd / April 23, 2013 7:56 AM PDT

This question is actually for my mom. She is using shift-command-n to create a new window on her desktop.

When it comes up, for some reason 'Desktop' on the left rail under Favorites is coming up as default selected which means that it is listing every file on my desktop.

I have searched through preferences and view to deselect this, and googled like crazy with no success. Is there some way to deselect this so that my mom can get an empty folder.

Thank you!

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 23, 2013 8:34 AM PDT

This keyboard shortcut produces a new untitled Folder (unopened) on the desktop of an OS X Mac.

With the desktop highlighted in the Sidebar, what happens if she double clicks the Untitled Folder?

Needless to say, untitled folder created here do not have the Desktop selected as default.


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Forgot to ask,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 23, 2013 8:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Interesting,

but does the same thing happen if your Mom uses Right Mouse Click > New Folder?


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Apparently not
by lylemcd / April 23, 2013 10:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Forgot to ask,

She just tried it, for whatever reason right clicking -> create new folder worked just fine.

Thank you!

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Unless she's doing something strange
by lylemcd / April 23, 2013 10:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Interesting,

Right, so she creates a new folder. Double clicks it, desktop comes up default clicked. That's what I'm asking about. My system doesn't do it. So I have no idea why hers does.

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Let's see if we can convince Mom to
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 24, 2013 6:53 AM PDT

only use the Right Mouse button to create new folders.

Then, even though the phenomenon is still around, we can allow it to slowly drift away.


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