Spring into spring-loaded folders

Christopher Breen
26 February, 2009
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If you’re dragging and dropping files on your desktop, Mac OS X offers the nifty option to dig into your folder hierarchy so you can get the file exactly where you need it: hold the file over your hard drive icon or a folder, then wait a few seconds until it jumps open. Not working for you? Here’s a fix.

To switch it on, choose Finder -> Preferences, click the General tab if it’s not already selected, and enable the Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows option. With the Delay slider below you can determine how long the Finder delays springing open a folder or volume after you’ve dragged an item to it.

Easy and peasy though this question and answer are, it’s a nice reminder of a feature that far too many people fail to use. If this spring-loaded thing is new to you, it works this way: Drag an item to a volume or folder and continue holding down the mouse button. The volume or folder will blink a couple of times and then its root folder will open. You can let go of the mouse button and the item will drop into this folder. Or, you can hold the item over yet another folder and, sure-as-shootin’, that folder will also blink and then open. Continue this process until you dig down into the folder you want to access.

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