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Eject key closes finder window

by Phil J / November 16, 2008 12:21 PM PST

When I click on the eject symbol in a finder window or highlight an item and press the eject key it will do the eject process and also close the finder window. Running and 2006 20" i-Mac with 10.5.5. It's kind of annoying and I don't know when it first started but somewhere after upgrading to 10.5. Any ideas?

Thanks Phil

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Finder Window Closing
by jedirock / November 16, 2008 2:11 PM PST

I presume the window closing is open on a folder on the drive being ejected? If so, that is intended behaviour. If it's closing any window (say you have a Finder window open to your Documents, you eject a drive and that window closes), then that's not right. If it's the latter, you can try clearing Finder preferences (Home->Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist) and see if that makes any difference.

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Supposed to be this way
by tleMega / November 18, 2008 9:26 AM PST

If you are browsing on an external device, and then you eject it, the Finder will automatically close the window since you are no longer within the contents of that drive or machine. If you are going through other files either on the computer or a separate device, and then you eject the device in the sidebar, the window should remain open; you are not on the device. This is what I've seen on my Mac, so I would assume that it is a standard part of Leopard.

I'm not sure if you can turn this off. A quick look at the Finder preferences reveals no such option, nor does System Preferences offer an answer. I guess you may be stuck with it. Of course if this is really bothering you, I would recommend making use of keyboard shortcuts if you haven't already learned them. Command + N should open a new window for you.

When I'm using the Finder, I end up with several windows in the end from opening multiple things on my Desktop or in my other folders. I tend to leave them open so I can switch back to them later. Or, you can make the Finder open items in new windows all the time, which is a feature in the Finder preferences that I mentioned earlier. Good luck.

-BMF

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Finder Windows Closing
by jedirock / November 18, 2008 3:35 PM PST

I have actually had it a couple times go to the Computer view, with all the drives and the Network item in it after ejecting a USB drive. I haven't been able to figure out what triggers it to go there though.

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Interesting
by tleMega / November 19, 2008 11:11 AM PST
In reply to: Finder Windows Closing

I have my new Finder windows set to open the Computer view, but I haven't seen that before. I think I have had some windows return to the hard drive, but I'm not sure. It seems that I can't reproduce this on demand; can't really say.

-BMF

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