How to open a folder inside finder with the keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Nakamura, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. Nakamura macrumors newbie

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    Ok, now how do I do this on a mac? When you press enter to open folder unlike windows it tries to rename the folder, or file. Now how do I run a program or open a folder via the keyboard? This is annoying me, I am a keyboard user, why use a mouse unless you have to?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    :apple:+O is the shortcut you use to open folders and files on the Mac, via the keyboard.
     
  3. Nakamura thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok thanks wrldwzrd89, that was starting to annoy me.
     
  4. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    also, if you press command-down arrow, you'll open any highlighted file or folder just like cmd-o. further, pressing cmd-up arrow will open the parent folder of the highlighted file/folder.
     
  5. Nakamura thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh that looks handy, thanks siurpeeman. Now I just need my MBP to come to try this out.
     
  6. tantoon macrumors newbie

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  7. li21 macrumors newbie

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    I just dont get what is wrong with making ENTER key perform this..

    How often do you rename a folder vs open one up..
    Just one of the many things I find that are so unintuitive with OSX..

    (eg. why you cant use left/right to cycle through photos in PREVIEW without having to select all the ones you want to preview first)
     
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    If you can stand to use the mouse long enough to click on menu items, they reveal the keyboard shortcuts, such as the one you asked about.
     

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