Six Quick Finder Keyboard Shortcuts

Feb 9, 2007 - 4 Comments

The Finder icon of Mac OS X We all know that navigating around the Mac Finder is quick and easy, but you can speed things up by memorizing a few keystrokes that’ll be sure to come in handy. With that in mind, here are six quick keyboard shortcuts to make navigating around the Finder a tad bit speedier.

You’ll notice many of these are particularly useful for when you are using a Finder windows more detailed list view. Some of these have been around since the early days of Mac OS (I remember using command-w in System 6!), and others are new to our modern and beloved Mac OS X.

Action Keystroke
Close all windows Command – Option – W
Close current window Command – W
Expand folder (list view) Command – Right Arrow
Expand folder and subfolders (list view) Command – Option – Right Arrow
Collapse folder (list view) Command – Left Arrow
Open parent and close current window Command – Option – Up Arrow

Want more keystroke tips? Check out Four Keystrokes to Ease Navigation in Mac OS X

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X


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  1. anon says:

    your tables are looking better. give it some cellpadding :) oh yeah, and nice tips as always

  2. deck2 says:

    well its very usefull, but cmd + right arrow cisnt nessesary, as arrow button works perfectly, and option+right is enough for expanding folder and subfolder. actually it works both ways :))

  3. val says:

    Use cmd + down to launch an app or open selected file

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