When using the Finder in OS X, sometimes you may want to have
multiple views of the same folder open at once. Usually it’s quick to
create a new Finder window and navigate to the folder; however, this may
be inconvenient if the folder is buried deep in the filesystem, such as
may be the case when troubleshooting a problem or two with the system,
retrieving a backed-up file, or organizing an extensive tree of work
If you need a faster approach, there are several, some of which use
the Finder and its capabilities, and others that involve secondary
|You can select and copy the path, and then use
the Go to Folder option
in the Finder (Shift-
Command-G) to paste the path and access it.
Firstly, in Finder, you can quickly create a duplicate folder view by
pressing Command-up arrow to reveal the folder highlighted in its
parent directory, and then pressing Control-Command-O to open the folder
in a new window. You can then switch to the prior window and
double-click or press Command-O to open the folder directly.
This is convenient for a single duplicate instance, but if you would
like more than one duplicate, select an item in the folder and get
information on it. Then expand the General section of the information
window and note the “Where” listing that shows the full path to it.
Select the entire path, starting with the first forward-slash and
including all lines to the last folder. Then press Command-C to copy it.
With the path copied, press Command-N to create a new Finder window,
and Shift-Command-G to bring up the “Go to Folder” field. Paste the
copied path into this field, and press Enter to have the window go to
that location. Repeat, creating a new window and pasting the path for
any additional windows you would like.
|You can create a sidebar favorite of a current
folder by dragging it
directly, or a reference to it
from the title bar or Finder Path bar,
this at a location in the sidebar. You can drag it
the sidebar when no longer in use.
An alternative approach is to make use of the Finder’s sidebar and
toolbar, by dragging the current folder to these locations to make a
link (you can drag the folder from the window title to the sidebar, for
example). Then create a new Finder window by pressing Command-N, and
click the new Favorite link to set the location. When finished, you can
drag the link out of the Favorites.
Similar to the Finder’s favorites menu, you can use the Dock by
dragging the folder to it (in the user files section between the Trash
and the separator bar), and then holding the Command key while clicking
the folder. This will create a new Finder window at that folder for each
A final alternative is to use Spotlight, provided the folder is in
your home directory, on an indexed external drive, or in another area
meant for access by your user account. To do this simply search for the
folder name and it should show up as a search result. Then select it and
press Command-Return to open a new folder revealing the item. You can
then repeat this to open additional folders revealing the item.