Shortcut to open finder

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by mortenjensen, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. mortenjensen macrumors regular

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    Hi all
    I've just migrated from PC - and there is one shortcut, I miss all the time: the ability to call up a finder window with the keyboard.

    How do I do that?

    I have tried to set up a manual short cut, but it does not work ...

    Morten
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    One click on the Desktop, followed by Command-N will open a new Finder window. Alternatively, you can create your own keyboard shortcut by going to: System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard shortcuts. Make sure any shortcut you create isn't conflicting with an existing shortcut for that key combination.

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  3. mortenjensen thread starter macrumors regular

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    For some reason, I cannot get the custom shortcuts to work!
    I go to Preferences, keyboard, shortcuts, Programs and then Add a Finder shortcut and give a free shortcut.

    But it will not call it up. Nothing happens.

    What I am doing wrong?

    Morten
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What shortcut key combination are you trying to use? Did you read the last sentence of my post?
     
  5. mortenjensen thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have tried a number of different short cuts - and some really obscure ones to avoid conflicts - like: cmd+alt+ctrl+9.

    Do I need to shut down Settings to implement the change?

    Morten
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I think part of your problem is that many apps have the same shortcut to launch a new window or document "Command-N". You may need to create a script with AppleScript, then use a keyboard shortcut to launch that script. Overall, I think it's easier to simply click on the Desktop, then Command-N to open a new Finder window.
     
  7. mortenjensen thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey all

    Just installed QuickSilver - it is the answer to my prayers! It works like a charm; it can call up any program just by typing the first characters. Highly recommendable!!!

    Morten
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    There is also Alfred to do that.
     

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