Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Path Finder - Collapsing All Folders

I could not find this information in the help file or on the CocoaTech forum. If you use CocoaTech's Path Finder, the Finder replacement that has a lot of extra functionality that is missing in the normal OS X Finder, you may be browsing around in a folder with many subfolders, and wish to somehow "collapse" the folders you opened, to clean up the view.

Clicking the disclosure triangle of 100 open subfolders is rather tedious, so isn't there an easier way? I stumbled on a method. Here it is.

How to Collapse All Subfolders in Path Finder

  1. In list view, select all. Command-A.
  2. Press Option-Left Arrow.
  3. Sit back, amused, but don't do anything boneheaded like pressing Command-Delete.

And voila! Collapsed folders.


Error said...

how to "de-colapse" that's the other problem ? :)

Rick Cogley said...

I see, yeah, that would be nice, if you could de-collapse to the previous state. -- Rick

Unknown said...

De-collapse = Option-Right Arrow ;-)

Rick Cogley said...

Thanks, cool!

Don Schaffner said...

I've been trying to suss this out for years. And by years I mean 5 minutes every few months. Your solution is so obvious! Thanks!
- Don

Anonymous said...

Is there a way to make this setting "default"? In other words, how can I have path finder open with all folders collapsed instead of "remembering" where I left during my last session?

Rick Cogley said...

Best to ask the software maker about defaulting.