How to Change Default Finder Window on a Mac

The Finder app on your MacBook is the primary way that you can browse to and open the files that you have saved and created on your Mac. It can also be useful in finding files that you want to delete if you are running out of storage space.

If you double-click a folder on your desktop, then Finder will open directly to that folder. But if you launch the Find app from your dock or the Launchpad, then Finder opens to a different location. That location can vary depending on your current settings. For example, Finder opens to my recent files. But this is a customizable setting, and you have a few different options available to you that will let you open Finder to a different location.

How to Choose Location for New Finder Windows on a MacBook Air

The steps in this article were performed on a MacBook Air in macOS High Sierra. By changing this setting you will be changing the location that is visible when you open the Finder app. However, this will not change anything about the way that a folder opens if you double click it on your desktop, or through any other specific location.

Step 1: Open a Finder window.

launch the finder app

Step 2: Click Finder in the menu bar at the top of the screen, then choose the Preferences option.

click finder then click preferences

Step 3: Click the dropdown menu under New Finder window shows.

click the dropdown menu for new finder window

Step 4: Select the location that you wish to open to when you launch the Finder app.

how change finder location on mac

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