How to open a new Finder Tab in OS X Mavericks

How to open a new Finder Tab in OS X Mavericks

If you've upgraded your Mac to OS X Mavericks, you can now open tabs in Finder just like you do in your browser. This is a much more convenient way to manage Finder windows than in previous versions of OS X where you had to have multiple windows open. Not sure how? Follow along and we'll help you get started with Finder Tabs.

  1. Launch a Finder window if you don't already have one open by clicking on Finder in your dock.
  2. In the top menu, click on File and then click on New Tab. Alternately, you can also just use the keyboard shortcut Command + T to do the same thing.
  3. A new Finder window will open that you can begin to use.

That's all there is to it. You can open as many Finder Tabs as you'd like within one single Finder window. Now go enjoy a less cluttered desktop!

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to open a new Finder Tab in OS X Mavericks


Maybe it's too early to tell, but I can't see the use of the new Finder tabs. Seems to me it's solving a nonexistent problem. I've fooled around with them, and I think I'll just keep my regular Finder and Dock configuration. I've long ago written off Launchpad as less than useful. These cute additions really don't work for many of us who have been using Finder since the 80's and Dock since Steve returned. In fact, Apple keeps adding features I don't need or use to OSX. I love the memory management stuff, but an OSX 'Lite', without all the cute stuff, just a simple Finder and dock, would be something I'd surely consider 'downgrading' to , especially for my laptop.

I need to have a lot of windows open at the same time, as I have lots of clients each with lots of jobs. At any one time I will be working on multiple jobs. Using tabs won't cut it. Apple have taken away the option to open folders in new windows and in doing so have made the OS unusable to me.

Ian - try holding down the Alt key when you open the menu on a folder.

You will find that 'Open a New Tab' becomes 'Open in a New Window'

I just upgraded to Mavericks and was really looking forward to finder tabs in particular. Unfortunately, Apple's implementation of this 'feature' is not very useful at all. I've found an alternative though that works well and offers a lot more customization in addition to proper finder tabs (like you'd find in a web browser). Download XtraFinder at I'm not affilitated, just a happy customer.