Opening a file from "Finder" without the mouse?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Paul S, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. Paul S macrumors regular

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    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:
     
  2. The Man macrumors 6502

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    Command + Arrow Down

    That will open a file, folder or launch an app.
     
  3. The Man macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  4. Paul S thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

    rdowns

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    You need to go get this doc.
     
  6. The Man macrumors 6502

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    I know, I know. ;)

    Basically, you can navigate the Finder with the arrow keys and the command key.
     
  7. The Man macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, that's the complete shortcuts list. Very handy for every new Mac user to go through.
     
  8. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    You can also type the first letter(s) of the file name. The Finder goes right to it.
     

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