Finder, opening things and the return key

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by josepho, May 2, 2004.

  1. josepho macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2004
    Surrey, England

    I've been using OS X for a few weeks now, but there's something which I can't seem to solve... When I'm using Finder, and am in a folder I often like to just use the keyboard rather than reaching for the mouse/trackpad. I can move up and down, jump to icons by typing their first letter... but I can't open them! Pressing return just let's me rename them. Seems strange that they think it'd be more likely I'd want to rename a folder/application than open it.

    Is there any way to do this/set this up... I'd really find it handy.

  2. HexMonkey Administrator


    Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    New Zealand
    You can use either command-O or command-down arrow to open something. If you don't like those, then (if you're using Panther) you can go to System Preferences->Keyboard & Mouse->Keyboard Shortcuts, click the '+' button, choose "Finder" as application, "Open" as menu title and the keyboard shortcut of choice. Unfortunately you can't choose a shortcut such as return, but you can choose any shortcut that contains one or more of the following:

    a) Control key
    b) Option key
    c) Both command and shift keys
    d) An fkey
    e) A key from the number pad

    You'll then need to log in again for changes to take effect.

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