How to Set Finder’s Default Folder on Mac

Are you one of them who use your default finder folder as All My Files folder? Change it as it eats up a lot of time to find any document or file from the desired folder. So here's how you can set a default finder folder on Mac! Read on to know more!

I personally believe Mac is used by millions of people due to its shortcuts and productivity hacks! But if you’re one of them who are still working on the Mac with default options, you’re missing out a lot in terms of productivity. One such case is default Finder folder!

By default, the folder is set to “All My Files” and if you are still using that option in your Finder, it’s now time to change it! In this post, I will guide you on how to set a default Finder folder on Mac with ease.

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If you’re more into a journalism or video editing job, it’s obvious that you are more likely to open either documents or video files respectively. In such cases, it is a must to change your default Finder to documents or video folder on your Mac. So let’s dive into the process and see how you can do it easily!

How to Set a Default Finder Folder on Mac

Follow the below-given steps to change the default Finder folder on your Mac.

Step #1. Open Finder on your Mac

Launch Finder on your Mac

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Step #2. Now, click on Finder from menu bar and then click on Preferences.Click on Preferences in Mac Finder Settings.

Step #3. Head over to the General tab in preferences and under New Finder windows show, click on drop-down icon and select the desired folder which you want to open in Finder by default.

Set a Default Finder Folder on Mac

Now you can close the window and open the Finder once again to see the changes. You’ll now see the folder you selected in step #3.

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So this is how simple it is to set a default Finder folder on Mac. If you want to customize your Finder’s sidebar and want to remove some unnecessary options like All My Files, Music, Pictures, etc, follow the below-given procedure right away!

How to Customize Favorites Options in Finder on Mac

Step #1. Open Finder on Mac and click on Finder option from the menu bar.

Step #2. Now, click on Preferences and head over to Sidebar option from the menu bar.

Click on Sidebar in Mac Finder Preferences

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Step #3. Uncheck the folders which you do not want to display in Finder sidebar when you open it.

Customize Favorites options in Finder on Mac

That’s it, folks! Besides this, you can also access external hard drives from Finder sidebar. So do check that out!

Summing Up…

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Sometimes it may be frustrating when you see All My Files option in your finder by default as you need to find the files that you need at that moment. And at times, it may be a privacy concern too if you are using it in high-profile meetings. You only show people what you want them to see.

So in a way, changing default Finder folder on Mac can be productive and sometimes it may save you by hiding your important files.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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