What does "freelance window" preference mean?

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there's a preference called freelance windows. What does it do? No mention of it that I can find anywhere in the docs.
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hello stib! the name for this pref was changed in 0.9.5 and I feel too that's not that clear :P

by the way the pref was previously named "Don't adopt new Finder windows as tabs", wich is quite self-explanatory ;)

(...just in case: this means that folders open from desktop, or any other command like "reveal in finder" that opens new windows, won't open anymore in new tabs but as new windows letting you menage the tabbing stuff :)
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Aha.
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;)

@Antonin: have you ever thought of adding tooltips? that would be a nice case where a tooltip on that option may explain the stuff... :)
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Thanks to Lorenzo Orlandi for steering to this topic.

> Don't adopt new Finder windows as tabs",
> wich is quite self-explanatory ;)

With respect, I disagree.

Finder already offers the preference
[√] Always open folders in a new window


and that seems to work as expected (my preference is not ignored) when I use TotalFinder as a complement to Finder.
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that's different:

Finder's own "Always open folders in a new window" means that anything you double-click opens in a new window (e.g. double-clicking a folder into a window opens it in a new window).

now, TotalFinder default behavior is to slam anything you open into the last-used existing window as a new tab (e.g. "reveal in Finder" opens the interested window as a tab instead of opening it in a new window);
TotalFinder's "Freelance window" preference make it work in a more traditional way, where opening a folder on the desktop or "reveal(ing) in Finder" something opens it in a new window.

as you can se the two settings have different purposes and can be mixed to match one's preferred behavior...

if the difference of the two functions isn't clear yet, try playing with them a bit and you'll understand what I mean ;)
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Idea http://gsfn.us/t/17alf (2010-07-05) is
'... tabs instead of windows...' (a more understandable representation of 'freelance windows' previously known as 'Don't adopt new Finder windows as tabs')
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Thanks Lorenzo for your answer - question: if I use the freelance window feature, how can I make it so that if I hold down a keyboard shortcut (like how I would use the command key in an internet browser) and double click a folder it will open into a new tab?
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Unluckily that's not possible atm. You have to either: cmd-click a folder and drag yourself the tab back into the window, or directly drag the folder to the tab bar to open as a tab ;)
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Just to a vote for a way to use freelance windows with a shortcut option to open folder in a new tab. Alt + Click or something.

Thanks
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Like!!
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Sep Timus

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Me too! Sometimes I need to open a disk from the sidebar and I like it to open in a new window. In the regular finder I can do this with cmd+click a disk in the sidebar.
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Levi Figueira

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Next up: a way to disable tabs altogether! :) #please
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So just because I'm curious... what features of TotalFinder are you using that you wish to disable one of its most valued ones?
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Levi Figueira

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Folders on top, quick toggle to view/hide invisible files, cut/copy/paste, asepsis... Enough? :)

PS: I currently am running all those extensions directly on my Finder without TF (I did buy TF though) ;)
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Of course. I was just curious and didn't want to offend. I can see myself missing the Folders on Top option when not using Totalfinder. Say... If you are able to run these extensions... have you also been able to re-enable the animations turned of by finder? (e.g. when you open a file)
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Levi Figueira

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Not offended at all! :) No, no animations... :S
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fcorreia

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Me too, I use all the other features, but would like to disable tabs if possible.
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My one big gripe about TotalFinder is that each new finder window opens to the same dimensions as the previous window. Can this behavior be changed?
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I generally like things to open in tabs to keep the clutter down but want the option to open a new finder window when on a desktop that does not already have a finder window open (so I don't get snapped back to another desktop)

To that end, I'd vote for the following ability:
* If I choose "New Finder Window" from the dock, I'd like it to open in a new window even with "freelance windows' unchecked.
- Same thing if I choose "Cmd-N" when on the desktop

Oddly, the later works (Cmd-N when desktop has focus) but not the former (right click > New Finder Window from dock). But the desktop is not always visible to click on and give it focus.
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Sometimes I need to open a disk/folder from the sidebar and sometimes I would like to open it in a new window.

In the regular finder I can do this with cmd+click a disk/folder in the sidebar so a feature like this would definately be nice.
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I use Visor, and the behavior I want is that new windows are opened as tabs in the visor. The way it's working right now is a new window opens the same size and shape as the visor, but not as a part of the visor. Is there a way to achieve what I want? I feel like I had this working before I upgraded to OS Lion...