How to set a default Finder folder on Mac

Set desktop as default folder in Finder

By default, Apple makes you visit the Recents folder whenever you open a new Finder window. If this isn’t the folder you want to see when you open Finder, you can change it.

Here’s how to change the default Finder folder on your Mac.

How to make any folder the default one in Finder

I usually have my Finder window default to the Desktop whenever opening a new window, but you can use the following tutorial to designate any folder of your choice as the Finder default. Perhaps you like to start work from the Documents folder, or some other work-designated folder. No sweat, you can change it by doing the following:

1) Open Finder.

2) Click Finder in the menu bar and select Preferences.

Finder Preferences

3) Under the General tab, find the New Finder windows show heading, and use the drop down box to select a preferred default Finder window location. If your preferred location isn’t already listed, you can use the Other option to navigate to a specific spot on your Mac.

Finder Preferences Change Default Folder


While we’re at it, you might as well click the Sidebar tab at the top of the Finder Preferences window. Then, uncheck any folders under the Favorites heading that you no longer want to display in the Sidebar.

Finder Preferences Sidebar Favorites


It only takes a second, but you’d be surprised at how many people keep using the Finder with its default out of the box settings. Change your Finder default landing location, and make your workflow that much smoother. After that, be sure to share any suggestions, thoughts, or opinions down in the comment section that follows.