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Old Jan 26, 2008, 09:16 PM   #1
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Open Finder shortcut

Anyone know....does OS X have a global Open a Finder window shortcut key combo? I've looked but haven't found anything.

Looking for something similar to Windows 'Flag + e' to open Explorer.

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Old Jan 27, 2008, 04:03 PM   #2
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When Finder's the active application, command-N opens a new window.

Since the built-in keyboard shortcut functionality is per-application, you'd need a third-party application (like the old QuickKeys) to make a system-wide keyboard shortcut to 1) activate Finder and 2) hit command-N.
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Old Jan 27, 2008, 04:27 PM   #3
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Easiest way for me is to Alt-Tab to finder (which is always in that list), then Command+N
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Old Jan 27, 2008, 04:47 PM   #4
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When Finder's the active application, command-N opens a new window.

Since the built-in keyboard shortcut functionality is per-application, you'd need a third-party application (like the old QuickKeys) to make a system-wide keyboard shortcut to 1) activate Finder and 2) hit command-N.
Do they have something like it now? I want to be able to sleep my computer by just pressing F19.
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Old Jan 27, 2008, 06:22 PM   #5
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Odd that Apple doesn't have a Open NEW finder window shortcut, since so much of the rest of the OS is keyboard based.

Guess I'll have to live with it, or get used to Cmd Tabbing to Finder and Cmd N to open a new window.



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Old Jan 27, 2008, 06:33 PM   #6
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could always use quicksilver and set your own custom trigger
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Old Jan 11, 2009, 10:35 PM   #7
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finder is normally at the top of your dock.

So 'fn' + 'ctrl' + 'f3'
then press return to select.

(you can use arrow keys to cycle through other dock apps)
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Old Jan 11, 2009, 10:56 PM   #8
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could always use quicksilver and set your own custom trigger
Yeah, that'd work perfectly well for both sleeping and for opening Finder.
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Old Sep 1, 2009, 11:57 AM   #9
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Option+Command+Space opens a spotlight window, which is essentially Finder.
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Old Jul 6, 2010, 04:59 PM   #10
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I usually launch applications from the spotlight menu:
-> command-space -> start typing name -> enter

Most apps you just need the first letter or two. I find this just as fast as a direct shortcut, as it is consistent for all applications rather than remembering all the different key combinations. This is identical to "windows_key -> type name -> enter" in Win7 etc. I find this very efficient... more so even that task switching with command-tab as the key shortcuts are always the same vs random number of command-tab presses.

However... Finder app doesn't show up in the Spotlight search!

Solution:
1) Go to /System/Library/CoreServices/
2) command-option-drag Finder to the Applications folder.

This creates a shortcut which is Spotlight searchable. The sequence is then command-space-"finder"-enter. Not ideal having to type the whole word.... if only spotlight remembered your common choices and promoted them to top of the search results.... the could just use "f" or "fi" then enter.
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Old Jul 6, 2010, 09:20 PM   #11
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Is that how you found this old thread?
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Old Dec 28, 2010, 02:33 PM   #12
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open folder, not finder

I never want to just 'open finder', I always want to open a folder.

So... go to finder preferences and drag the 'folders' to the top of the list
Then Cmd-Space to open finder, start typing the folder name, and arrow-down (if necessary, which it isn't if you get a 'top hit') and Cmd-Enter to open the folder.

Works for me...
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Old Dec 28, 2010, 06:07 PM   #13
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Just create a service in Automator.

Have it "Run Applescript"

Code:
tell application "Finder"
	activate
	set new_window to make new Finder window
end tell
You can get more fancy and set the size and what not, or change have it open with column view, etc.

Save that service and set a shortcut for it in Keyboard Prefs --> Keyboard Shortcuts
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 12:45 PM   #14
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Just create a service in Automator.

Have it "Run Applescript" ...
Thanks calderone, your solution works like a charm. The only change that I made is to make finder activate after the create new window, rather than before. This avoids having your Mac switch to a different Space if you already have another finder window open on another Space. Here's the modified code:

Code:
tell application "Finder"
	set new_window to make new Finder window
	activate
end tell
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 01:23 AM   #15
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short cut keys to finder

hi all,

⌘-Option-Space bar

its came as short cut for Spotlight window
we can also use it as finder shortcut....

cheers,,
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 08:45 AM   #16
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Not working

I can't make it work. Only works when selecting text before pressing the shortcut.

I doesn't work either when Finder is the active app. (yes I know I can press CMD-N but I just want one a global shortcut).

Quote:
Originally Posted by calderone View Post
Just create a service in Automator.

Have it "Run Applescript"

Code:
tell application "Finder"
	activate
	set new_window to make new Finder window
end tell
You can get more fancy and set the size and what not, or change have it open with column view, etc.

Save that service and set a shortcut for it in Keyboard Prefs --> Keyboard Shortcuts
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 09:21 AM   #17
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You could trigger the script via a global shortcut using Spark or Quicksilver.
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 02:39 PM   #18
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Solution

You make an automator service that does it, and put Run Applescript in the service. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard and then bind the Service to a key combination.
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Old Jul 21, 2011, 02:48 PM   #19
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You make an automator service that does it, and put Run Applescript in the service. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard and then bind the Service to a key combination.
This does not work globally.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 07:04 PM   #20
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Option+Command+Space opens a spotlight window, which is essentially Finder.
HaHa, NICE workaround. Its perfect.

This opens a finder window. Then you just navigate to where you want to go. Simple solution.
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Old Aug 5, 2011, 09:12 AM   #21
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i found this forum looking for the exact same thing.
i have Spark installed and have used it to create the shortcut "command + F"

in Spark, double click on Applications, then browse to (your)iMac - System - Library - CoreServices and then Finder.app

easy peasy!

hope this helps.

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Old Dec 10, 2011, 12:13 AM   #22
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Opening new finder window

For Snow Leopard -- Go to Keyboard in System Preferences, under Keyboard Shortcuts, go to Keyboard & Text Input: Double click over current/default shortcut for "Move focus to the Dock" change to ⌘, (or ⌘ and whatever symbol you want) Then - you just have to hit ⌘, ⏎ and its done
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Old May 1, 2012, 11:33 AM   #23
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Or you could just use the snow leopard built in shortcut

System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> Services -> General -> New Finder window

I have assigned it to ⌥⌘N
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 04:15 PM   #24
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Anyone know....does OS X have a global Open a Finder window shortcut key combo? I've looked but haven't found anything.

Looking for something similar to Windows 'Flag + e' to open Explorer.

-Kevin
If you're not in Finder, the best way to open a new Finder window is to press:

Command+Option+SpaceBar
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