Scroll Finder Windows Better – Mac Kung Fu, 2nd Edition

Tip 292Scroll Finder Windows Better

If you drag a file to the top or bottom of a Finder window while in Column or List view and hold it there, the window will eventually begin to scroll up or down. This can be useful, but it’s a rather difficult trick to master—often the window will scroll jerkily or scroll a little and then stop.

Activating Better Scrolling

A secret setting can help enhance this feature and make it a useful part of your workflow. To activate it, open a Terminal window (open Finder, select the Applications list, and then in the list of applications double-click Terminal within the Utilities folder), and type the following:

 
defaults write com.apple.finder NSDraggingAutoscrollDelay -int 0;killall Finder

The changes take effect immediately, so give it a try by dragging a folder to the top or bottom of a Folder window full of files. You’ll see how the Finder window becomes far more responsive to scrolling suggestions.

Reverting to Default Settings

If you decide the change isn’t for you, open a Terminal window, and type the following:

 
defaults delete com.apple.finder NSDraggingAutoscrollDelay;killall Finder