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  Ten Things I Dig About Panther
Subject:   An alternative to excessive clicking
Date:   2003-10-10 19:19:31
From:   anonymous2
"Moving the focus of the finder to the User's home directory instead of the boot disk is a welcome change. Not having to go click-click-click to navigate a new Finder window from the boot disk to the home folder will save me thousands of clicks a year."


How about this? Apple+shift+H in the Finder will open a new Finder window with your home directory. It's an awkward key combo, but you can also drag your home directory into the Dock and click it to get the same.

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  • James Duncan Davidson photo An alternative to excessive clicking
    2003-10-14 12:31:26  James Duncan Davidson | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Yes, Apple-Shift-H works, but it's clunky. Having things that work smoothly and well is important--and worthy of mention.
    • An alternative to excessive clicking
      2003-10-19 07:50:16  anonymous2 [View]

      There is also a finder preference that addresses this:

      New Finder Window shows:
      -Home
      -Computer

      Maybe Jaguar should have been set by default to open to the home directory. I change that preference on all of my client's new OS X installs.
    • An alternative to excessive clicking
      2003-10-14 15:20:07  adamrice [View]

      You can also hit command-up arrow to go Home. Doesn't work in all contexts, but very handy.
  • An alternative to excessive clicking
    2003-10-10 20:06:37  maarky [View]

    If you want new finder windows to open up in the home directory using 10.2 go to the Finder, then go to Preferences (in the Finder menu, not system preferences), under "New Finder Window Shows:" select Home.
    • An alternative to excessive clicking
      2003-10-11 13:51:20  anonymous2 [View]

      To many old-time mac users, this feature may not seem very noteworthy, but for beginnner mac users it is a god-send. The pre-Panther Finder is very computer-centric, requiring users to know about where the file paths of the Application and home directories. The Panther Finder is much more user-centric, hiding the system details from the user, if wanted. All a beginner user needs to know is that Apps are found by clicking the Applications folder, Documents should be stored in the Documents folder (with subfolders), etc. It is a much more straight-forward, coherent ideology.

      Keep in mind that the people reading the O'Reilly articles are likely power users, who understand the file hierarchy in detail, but the average user isn't concerned. He/She just wants to store their documents and open them easily later.