Open folders in new Finder tabs or windows on Mac
When you open a folder in the Finder, the folder’s contents usually replace the current contents of the window. If you prefer, you can open a folder in a new tab or window.
Set how all folders open
On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Dock.
Click the “Prefer tabs when opening documents” pop-up menu, then choose an option:
In Full Screen Only
By default, documents open in tabs only when an app is full screen.
You can also select what happens when you press and hold the Command key and double-click a folder. In the Finder, choose Finder > Preferences, then click General. Select “Open folders in tabs instead of new windows” to have folders open in tabs; deselect it to have folders open in windows.
Open a single folder
On your Mac, press the Command key while you double-click the folder.
The folder opens in a new tab or window, depending on your Finder preferences.
Tip: If the Finder toolbar and sidebar are hidden, double-clicking a folder without pressing the Command key opens the folder in a new window.
To open a new Finder window without opening a specific folder, click the Finder icon in the Dock, then choose File > New Finder Window or press Command-N.
Work with tabs
In the Finder on your Mac, do one of the following:
If all of your tabs aren’t visible, scroll through them.
When two or more tabs are open, click the Add button to open a new tab.
To close a tab, place the pointer over the tab, then click the Delete button .