Mac OS X Finder FAQ: What keyboard shortcuts can I use with the Mac OS X Finder?
Mac OS X Finder keyboard shortcuts (keystrokes)
Wow, once I learned a few Mac OS X Finder keyboard shortcuts, I like the Finder much more. It was freaking me out that the
[Enter] key doesn’t actually open a file or directory, it just lets you change the name. The keystrokes are much different than Windows, and it takes a while to get used to them. But once you start using them, they’re easy to remember.
So, here's a list of the Mac Finder keystrokes I use all the time. Note that the “command” key is also known as the “Apple” key:
|Keystroke||What it does|
|[Enter]||Lets you change the name of the selected file or folder.|
|[Command][O]||If a file is currently selected, it will be opened with the default application.
If a directory/folder is selected, it "opens" that directory (moving you into the directory).
|[Command][i]||Shows the Get Info window for the file or directory.|
|[Command][UpArrow]||Moves up one level in the directory hierarchy.|
|The arrow keys||The arrow keys let you move up/down/left/right in the current list of files.|
|[Command][delete]||Delete the selected file(s) or folder(s).|
|[Command], [Command], or [Command]||Toggles the Finder view between Icons, List, and Columns.|
|[Command][Shift][g]||Show the "Go to" window.|
|[Command][n]||Open a new Finder window.|
|[Command][w]||Close the current Finder window.|
|[Command][f]||Open the "Find" dialog.|
|[Command][spacebar]||Brings up Spotlight.|
FWIW, the “Go to” window is the only way I know to get to the
There are more keyboard commands available than what I’ve shown here, but these are the ones I use. (For the other tasks I don’t mind reaching over for the mouse.)