Is there a keyboard shortcut to open Finder?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MrMinor, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. MrMinor macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    On my windows machine I could hit the windows key and E to open an explorer window. Is there a keyboard shortcut to open the Finder window?
  2. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    There's cmd+N when having Finder in focus, however, I don't know of a way that opens it from within any application focus.
  3. mcavjame macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    phased to this universe
    I always seem to have a finder window open. I use <command> <tab> to get to the window.
  4. mcavjame macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    phased to this universe
    I just checked my mouse preferences. I can set up one of the buttons to launch finder. I might actually keep that as it is more beneficial than expose to me.
  5. SecondDealer macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2009
    You can access the Spot Light feature by pressing " command, space bar" at the same time, which allows you to search freely.
  6. MrMinor thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    Thanks, but that is not the finder though.
  7. hgm110 macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2009
    I've found a pretty easy way to do this. Go to keyboard shortcuts in system preferences, add one, select Finder for the application and type "New Finder Window" for menu title, then choose your shortcut.
  8. MrMinor thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    Thank you so much!!! That is exactly what I was looking for.
  9. hgm110 macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2009
    eh, never mind. I didn't realize that what I just said only changes the new window shortcut within Finder. It doesn't work globally. Too bad.
  10. MrMinor thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    Bummer. Well thanks for trying anyway. At least you were on the right track.
  11. gregh2k macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2010
    There actually is a way to do this without 3rd party software. See below

    I. Create a service

    1) Open "Automator" - (Search for it in spotlight if you don't know where it is)
    2) Double-Click on the "Service" button to create a new Service.
    3) From the "Library" menu on the left hand side, click "Utilities"
    4) From the list of Utilities, double-click "Run AppleScript"
    5) In the main area, there should be a window that says "Run AppleScript". Above it, choose "No Input" next to "Service receives selected"
    6) In the "Run AppleScript" window, replace (* Your script goes here *) with tell application "Finder" to activate
    7) Click File --> Save As... and save it as "Finder Activation"

    II. Create a Keyboard shortcut for the service

    1) Open system preferences
    2) Click "Keyboard"
    3) Select "Services" from the left hand pane
    4) In the right hand pane, Scroll down to the bottom. Under "General", there should be "Finder Activation".
    5) Ensure "Finder Activation" is checked
    6) Assign a Keyboard shortcut by clicking near the right side of the "Finder Activation" selection. The trick is to assign a shortcut that is not used by any of your favorite applications, since application-level keyboard shortcuts will override this.

    Hope this helps.
  12. Lordillingworth macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2007
    Shropshire, UK
    option-command-space will open up a new finder window from anywhere, it opens it up in "search mode"
  13. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    "launch finder"? Finder is launched when you boot up, and stays open until you Shut Down.

    Which OS? Doesn't do that from Safari or from another Finder Window for me. (OS 10.5.8)
  14. gregh2k macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2010
    Well the way I specified allows you to press command-H to hide finder, and bring it back up again using your custom keyboard shortcut. That's why I like it.
  15. EndlessMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2009
    This is not exactly what you are looking for but this how I do it which is pretty quick for me.

    The way I do it is a quick two keyboard shortcut process. Press Command Tab (similar to Window's Alt Tab function) and keep tabbing until you select the Finder. Since Finder is always opened in Mac OS it should always be available. After Finder is selected press Command N to get a new Finder window.

    Clicking on the Finder icon in the dock is also a quick way to bring up a Finder window but it seems you want a keyboard shortcut.
  16. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Try it again maybe? I'm using 10.5.8 and it works from Safari; when actually in the finder, just hitting command + n will open a fresh window.
  17. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Nope. Does absolutely nothing. I have a theory, but first...

    Tried it on Tiger from Safari, and it brings up a Spotlight window!

    Back to the Leopard. That Mac is a Mini. The keyboard is made by Matias. They made an error in labeling the Command and Option keys - the physical keys that is. Instead of an alt/option key, it says alt/Cmd(the symbol) and instead of apple/Cmd, the key is labeled Start/Option.

    So, they have the Mac keys reversed vis a vis the corresponding Windows keys. So, to avoid the hassle of having to learn to hit Option when I want Command, and vice versa, I re-mapped the keys in Preferences, setting Option to Command, and Command to Option. Does that make sense?

    Anyway, I suspect that has something to do with why this doesn't work with that keyboard. I can't explain why it would have that affect. It's just a hunch.
  18. jjholter macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2010
    Hi Everyone,

    If you own LaunchBar this is quite easy:

    Open LaunchBar with ⌘- Space Bar
    Just type in: find
    Done: A finder window will appear in any application

    LauchBar is a powerful application and has many uses.

    If you dont own this product:

    • Open a finder window
    • ⌘-M [minimize]
    When you want the window back
    Just click on the finder icon in the dock.

  19. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    It's two commands, but you can always command+tab to get to the finder, and then use any of the shortcuts in the Go menu.
  20. hoopster macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2010
    You could download quicksilver if you don't have it already, and create a new trigger to open finder and set whatever shortcut you want.
  21. Ruedadecolor macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2013
    Ooooooooh Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks.


    It works perfectly for my 10.8.4 Imac
  22. ltamborrell macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2014
    Well I was desperate for something like "windows key + E" and I just found out that if you hit "command + F" you get a "searching" windows that is exactly like the finder windows, so there is no need to add shortcuts to keyboard.
  23. scott10klakes macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2009
    Command + up arrow works in latest iOS. Works just like window + E in windoze.
  24. IainB macrumors newbie


    Nov 26, 2003
    Quick route (which has been second nature for me for years) is simply to click anywhere on the desktop (to go into Finder), then cmd-N.
    A useful thing to set up in Finder Preferences is to specify what a 'New Finder Window' opens. You may want your user account, your Documents folder, your iCloud account, the top level of your HD or (in my case) your Dropbox folder.

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