Use Command Key to Open Folder in New Window or Tab in Mac OS X

Apr 5, 2010 - 6 Comments

Open a folder into new window or tab with Command Key modifier in OS X Finder

You can open a folder into a new window (or tab) by holding down the Command key when you double-click on the folder to open it within the Finder of Mac OS X.

A new window will open if new windows are set to open in folders rather than tabs, where as a Mac Finder configured to open new folders into new tabs will open a tab instead with the Command modifier. Make sense? If not, just give it a try in the Finder by going to a location with folders, hold down the Command key as you open them, and you’ll quickly understand how it works in just a moment or two.

Command+Double Click to open a folder into a new window

Finder logo This is a really useful tip if you’re trying to copy files from inside one folder to another, just open the directories side by side and copy away! So, remember the Command+Double Click trick, it’s great for the Mac Finder.


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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. ferro says:

    How to open a folder with a keyboard shortcut in column view ? there is a rightclick menu option but how to assign a keybaord shorcut to ist ?

  2. adampasz says:

    Actually, it’s a double-click. At least for me. :)

  3. Isaac says:

    @mark, if you are in the finder and you want to open a new finder window you hold down the command key and a new window spawns from the old window

  4. mark says:

    i dont get it. explain more please

  5. zolee says:

    cmd+N to open new window
    cmd+W to close window
    cmd+Q to quit app

  6. peter says:

    this is so useful, why didn’t I know about this? so many hidden gems on the mac

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