Open the Home Directory as New Window Default in Mac OS X Finder
When a new Finder window is opened on the Mac desktop, the user defaults to seeing the new “All My Files” folder, rather than the users home directory. This is a change that arrived with the latest versions of OS X (began in Lion, but continues on through Mavericks), and while it can be useful for those who don’t manage their files, it’s not for everyone. Fortunately, you can change the setting back to the original Mac behavior of opening directly to the users Home Folder.
How to Make New Mac Finder Windows Open to the User Home Directory
Opening a New Window to the Home Directory rather than All My Files folder is done with a simple adjustment to preferences within Finder. This may go overlooked by many users, but it’s easy to set:
- From the Mac OS X desktop, pull down the “Finder” menu and open “Preferences”
- Pull down the menu under “New Finder windows show:” and select you user name
- Close out Finder Preferences
To verify the change has taken place, open a new Finder window, or hit the “Command+N” keyboard shortcut to open a new window. This will now open to the user Home folder (~/) rather than All My Files, just like it did in prior versions of OS X.
The ‘All My Files’ is probably the start of a broader change of making it easier to access your stuff in Mac OS X, but if you have tons of files it can get very crowded very fast, and keeping things sorted with the home directory is the easiest solution to managing tons of documents.
For what it’s worth “All My Files” is actually a saved search that looks for files, and is not a standard folder. That’s why users can’t directly interact with files and documents the same way from All My Files as they can with other directories.