Open a Containing Folder in Spotlight on Mac by Hold Down Command Key

Jun 10, 2010 - Leave a Comment

Spotlight icon Spotlight is amazing at finding files buried deep within your Mac, but what if you found the file you wanted, and you don’t know what folder it’s contained within on the Mac or it’s buried deep somewhere in OS X? The answer is as easy as a keystroke.

Just hold down the Command key when you click on the Spotlight search result you’re looking for and Spotlight will automatically open the containing folder with the file you searched for selected. Awesome!

spotlight icon

This also works as a two part key sequence like so: hold down the Command key and hit the Return key, this will open the selected items parent directory (the containing folder of whatever the file or item is).

Spotlight results

Enjoy this tip? Subscribe to the OSXDaily newsletter to get more of our great Apple tips, tricks, and important news delivered to your inbox! Enter your email address below:

Related articles:

Posted by: Bill Ellis in Mac OS X

Leave a Reply


Shop for Apple & Mac Deals on

Subscribe to OSXDaily

Subscribe to RSS Subscribe to Twitter Feed Follow on Facebook Subscribe to eMail Updates