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Configure Spring-Loaded Folders

Set the Amount of Time to Pass Before Spring-Loaded Folders Get Sprung

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Configure Spring-Loaded Folders to Work the Way You Want Them To

Use the slider to adjust the spring-loaded folder delay time.

Spring-loaded folders, which have been part of the Mac OS since before OS X, let you click and drag files or folders. When you let the mouse pointer hover over a folder, the folder will open to display its contents. You can quickly and easily drill down through folders to locate a specific folder or file, and then click and drag the file or folder to its target destination.

The amount of time the mouse pointer must hover over a folder or window before it springs open is governed by a user-set preference.

Configure the Spring-Loaded Delay

  1. Open a Finder window by either clicking the 'Finder' icon in the Dock, or clicking on a vacant area of the desktop.

  2. Select 'Preferences' from the Finder menu.

  3. In the Finder Preferences window, click the 'General' button.

  4. Use the slider to set the spring-loaded folder delay time.

  5. When you're done, close the Finder Preferences window.
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