Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple 36 36 people found this article helpful How to Configure Spring-Loaded Folders Set the delay time for spring-loaded folders in Mac Finder by Tom Nelson Writer Tom Nelson is an engineer, programmer, network manager, and computer network and systems designer who has written for Other World Computing,and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Tom Nelson Updated on September 11, 2020 Apple Macs iPad Tweet Share Email Spring-loaded folders are a feature of the Mac Finder tool that allows you to view the contents of a folder before committing files to it. This is a workaround for the common tactic of opening two Finder windows—one for the source file and one for its destination (or potential destination). It bypasses the need to open two folders. Information in this article applies to macOS Catalina (10.15) through macOS El Capitan (10.11). Spring-Loaded Folders Spring-loaded folders offer a simpler way to move files between folders, as they don't require opening multiple instances of Finder. With spring-loaded folders, you can click and drag a file over a destination folder, whereupon the folder opens to display its contents. You can quickly and easily drill down through folders to locate a specific folder for your file and then let go of the mouse to commit the file to the chosen destination. The amount of time the mouse pointer must hover over a folder before it springs open is governed by a user setting. You can exit out of a spring-loaded folder by pressing the Escape key. How to Configure the Spring-Loaded Folder Delay The setting for spring-loaded folders is found in System Preferences on the Mac. Open System Preferences by clicking its icon in the Dock or by selecting the Apple in the menu bar and choosing System Preferences in the menu. Select Accessibility in the System Preferences window. In the left pane, scroll down and select Pointer Control. (In earlier versions of macOS, select Mouse & Trackpad instead.) Place a check mark in the box in front of Spring-loading delay and drag the slider to adjust the amount of time that the cursor hovers over a folder before the folder springs open. Close the System Preferences window. If you're running an early version of OS X, you adjust the spring-loaded folder delay through Finder itself. From the Finder menu bar, select Finder > Preferences > General. Spring-Loaded Folder Tips If you're traversing multiple folders you can speed things up by holding down the spacebar when your cursor highlights a folder. This causes the folder to immediately open with no wait for the spring-loaded delay. If during mid-move you decide you don’t want to move the item to a new location, you can cancel out of the spring-loaded move by moving the cursor over the original item location.