Opening a file from "Finder" without the mouse?

Paul S

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 17, 2006
Okay, I have looked and searched, but I haven't come across the answer.

I was just wondering, is there a way to open up an application or file from Finder using just the keyboard. What I mean is, say you're in your "Movies" folder and want to open up a certain video clip. You highlight the file. What then? When I press "Enter," it just highlights the name of the file (for renaming). I've tried CTRL/Option/Command + enter and other buttons, but to no avail.

Is there a way to open it without double-clicking on the file with the mouse?

Thanks. :eek:

The Man

macrumors 6502
Jul 7, 2004
Also, Command + Arrow Up moves you out of the folder (you go to the parent folder). In list mode, you can expand the folder with Right Arrow.