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One way in which I use Alfred a lot is to navigate to frequently-accessed folders using "open" + the first letter or two of the folder name.

 
I'm wondering whether it is possible to have these folders open as new tabs in an already-existing Finder window, if one is present – rather than as new Finder windows?
 
Thanks.

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One way in which I use Alfred a lot is to navigate to frequently-accessed folders using "open" + the first letter or two of the folder name.

 
I'm wondering whether it is possible to have these folders open as new tabs in an already-existing Finder window, if one is present – rather than as new Finder windows?
 
Thanks.

 

 

You can control this in Finder's own preferences; Pop up Finder's prefs and tick the box for "Open folders in tabs instead of new windows" :)

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I've got that checked, but alas that only does what I want if I double click a folder from within Finder, and while I have the command key pressed.

 

Opening a folder from anywhere else opens as a new window.

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I am having the same issue.  Vero makes a good suggestion but unfortunately it does not fix the problem.  

 

How would one make a workflow that opens a file in a new Finder window when Finder is not currently open - but opens a file in a new Finder TAB when a Finder window is already open?

 

Thank you!!

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I am having the same issue.  Vero makes a good suggestion but unfortunately it does not fix the problem.  

 

How would one make a workflow that opens a file in a new Finder window when Finder is not currently open - but opens a file in a new Finder TAB when a Finder window is already open?

 

Thank you!!

 

 

 

One way in which I use Alfred a lot is to navigate to frequently-accessed folders using "open" + the first letter or two of the folder name.

 
I'm wondering whether it is possible to have these folders open as new tabs in an already-existing Finder window, if one is present – rather than as new Finder windows?
 
Thanks.

 

 

 

I also have this issue.  Open folders in tabs instead of new windows is also checked.

Alfred 2.8 (414)

OS X 10.11 (15A284)

 

So I had some time and made a workflow for what you describe. Probably not the most elegant solution, but I'm not a programmer, just an engineer that likes to tinker. Even more so since Alfred is so tinkerable.. :)

 

Get the workflow here. Default keyword is "opop". Graphic from here

 

Enjoy!

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Thanks. Workflow works but must be some better way to do this and change the default behaviour?

 

Tried the Finder settings but that didnt work either. Seems like Mac OS X doesn't allow "external" requests to open a new tab and forces to a new window unfortunately. Any thoughts from Alfred team on this?

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Hate to bring back an old topic, but I found a permanent, MacOS-based solution to this after speaking to the wonderful senior support at Apple (h/t Nick at Apple, 1109457).

 

To force folders in Alfred searches to open in Finder tabs:

  1. Go to Apple > System Preferences > Doc
  2. Set "Prefer tabs when opening documents" to Always.

I'm doing this on on macOS 10.14.3 (18D42). Works like a charm.

 

You are welcome.

Edited by rshah

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Here's a different take: I'd sometimes like to open files or folders in a new tab (my default setting for finder), other times in a new WINDOW. Is there a way to create a command for the latter specifically WHEN the finder default is set to tabs only? tx

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Alright, interesting problem!

 

So from your idea I wrote a workflow that inverts the behaviour default setting by extending the opop workflow:

 

1. If opening in new tabs is default: open in new windows

2. If opening in new windows is default: open in new tab in current window

 

Get it here. Keyword is "okok".

 

It doesn't handle the case if the folder is already open in a tab, then it just focuses that tab. If there's the need of a workflow to break it out in to a new window, I might be able to add that as well.

 

It's not obvious to me what the preferred behavior is when Finder is not active: by opening the folder in a random currently open tabbed Finder window, it might be equally disruptive as getting a new window. The original opop-workflow made a new window if Finder wasn't frontmost, which seem to work for most people and is therefore how this one works as well.

 

Cheers, M

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On 10/21/2015 at 9:02 PM, DRM said:

How would one make a workflow that opens a file in a new Finder window when Finder is not currently open - but opens a file in a new Finder TAB when a Finder window is already open?

 

Thank you!!

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