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    Brooklynguy's Avatar
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    Dual side-side Finder windows at login
    (Hoping this is the correct forum ... )

    I always use two Finder windows side-by-side. I find it is a lot easier for copying or moving files, as well as monitoring one folder because an app's activity.

    I have an BetterSnap Tool, but I don't want it to be the default for all my apps, just Finder.

    I looked at various Applescripts to be found on the internet, but I can't say they are exactly what I need.

    My iMac display is set to 2560x1440 if that helps.

    I figure I can have an Applescript (as an application) open when I login easily enough.

    Any ideas about such a script?

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    A suggestion, download and install XtraFinder. It has a keyboard shortcut for just that, either vertical or horizontal.
    Set it how you want. Restart and command-u opens 2 Finder windows. Only downside, it will use the entire screen.
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    Thanks cradom, but no, I don't think that is what I want. I would prefer not adding more apps (Apple or third-party) to the iMac. (I realize that adding a script sounds like adding something else, but it is Mac native, if that makes sense.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklynguy View Post
    Thanks cradom, but no, I don't think that is what I want. I would prefer not adding more apps (Apple or third-party) to the iMac. (I realize that adding a script sounds like adding something else, but it is Mac native, if that makes sense.)
    Try this:
    An AppleScript to create dual Finder windows - Mac OS X Hints

    EDIT: If that doesn't work for you, then you may be relegated to 3rd party software. Rather than using a Finder hack, consider a 3rd party app that does side-by-side panes in a window, like an FTP client. Instead of connecting to an FTP server in one pane, just have it show another folder on your Mac.

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    Brooklynguy's Avatar
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    lifeisabeach: Ok and thank you again. I'll try that script.

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    For myself, I've been using TotalFinder for dual window operations - has worked fine; BUT Mavericks is to be released this fall and will have similar functions - see quote below from HERE - probably what you need? Dave

    OS X Mavericks Finder

    Other features making an appearance in the latest version of OS X include the Mac OS 9-style Finder Tabs. This positions a plus symbol to the top right of Finder that allows new tabs to be opened or dragged into other positions, with similar behaviour to a web browser. Users can customise views for individual tabs, move files between tabs, and run the Finder with multiple tabs open in full-screen.

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    Brooklynguy's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RadDave View Post
    For myself, I've been using TotalFinder for dual window operations - has worked fine; BUT Mavericks is to be released this fall and will have similar functions - see quote below from HERE - probably what you need? Dave
    Perhaps, but I'd have to see that feature first before I can say that it us useful for me. As it stands right now, the release date for Mavericks is fall '13? That is just about here,

    Thanks for the 'heads-up'.

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    This is what I cooked up with Applescript, saved as an application that is in the startup part of my profile.

    I would rather use percentages of display size so that this will work no matter the display size. I haven't figured out that process to date.

    The (very minor) issue I have is that Window 1's left-side border is not at zero, but a number of pixels to the right of it. My display is set at 2560x1440. the -7 and +7 are to put a space between the two windows in the center of my display.

    --Function: Replaces all Finder windows with dual-windows side-by-side
    --
    tell application "Finder"
    activate
    set var_WindowsQuant to (count of (every window where visible is true))
    if var_WindowsQuant is greater than 0 then
    close every Finder window
    end if
    -- LEFTHAND WINDOW
    make new Finder window
    set bounds of window 1 to {0, 44, ((2560 / 2) - 7), 1352}
    -- RIGHTHAND WINDOW
    make new Finder window
    set bounds of window 2 to {((2560 / 2) + 7), 44, 2560, 1352}
    set target of window 2 to startup disk
    end tell
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