13 Best Mac OS X Finder Keyboard Shortcuts

One thing that’s cool about Mac OS X is that the more you use it, the more you find “hidden” nuggets of cool things you can do with it. For instance, you can handle many Mac Finder tasks directly from your keyboard, without having to use your mouse. In this Mac Finder tutorial, I’ll demonstrate several of these keystrokes.

Move Into a Folder

If you have a folder that you’d like to open, you don’t have to reach over to the mouse and double-click it. Just move to that folder in the Mac Finder using your up and down keys, and then type ‘Cmd+O’ when you are focused on the folder you want to “open”. As you’ll see, this takes you into that folder.

Move Up a Folder

Conversely, if you’re in one folder, and you want to move up one level in the directory hierarchy, you can just type ‘Cmd+Up Arrow’. I find this much, much easier than using the mouse.

Opening a File

If you’re looking at a file in the Finder and want to open that file, you can again use the ‘Cmd+O’ keystroke. For instance, imagine you’re looking at a PDF or image file in the Finder, and you want to open it in the Mac Preview application. Normally you might double-click that file, but usually it’s easier to type ‘Cmd+O’ when you have that file selected, and this will do the exact same thing, just faster.

File or Folder Information

Finally, if you’re looking at a file or folder in the Mac Finder, and you want to see more information about that file, you can always type Cmd+I. For instance, if you have an image file selected, and you want to see more information about that image, just type ‘Cmd+I’, and an “Info” panel will be displayed that shows a lot of information about your file.

Once you’ve seen everything you want to see on this panel, you can close it with your mouse, or you can use my final Mac Finder keystroke example: ‘Cmd+W’. This keystroke closes the current window, and works in all native Mac applications, including the Mac Finder.

To Begin A Spotlight Search

You can use ‘Cmd+F’ to initiate a spotlight search in Finder window. You can also use Option+Cmd+Space bar.

View Original File For Selected Alias

Whenever an alias is chosen in the Finder window, press Cmd+R if you want to see original file for selected alias.

Hide Preview Pane

If you want to hide preview pane in the Finder window, press ‘Cmd+Shift+P’.

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Hide Tab Bar

If you want to hide tab bar in the Finder window, press ‘Cmd+Shift+T’.

Add Finder Item To Dock

Want to add your selected Finder item to Dock? Press ‘Shift+Control+Cmd+T’. This command works in OS X Mavericks or later versions.+

Hide Path Bar, Side Bar & Status Bar

If you want to view or hide path bar, press ‘Cmd+Option+P’. If you want to view or hide sidebar in the Finder windows, press ‘Cmd+Option+S’. To view or hide Status bar in Finder windows, press ‘Cmd+Slash(/)’.

Open New Finder Window

Want to open new Finder window? Press ‘Cmd+N’.

View Items As Icons, List, Columns Or With Cover Flow

If you wish to see the items in Finder window as icons, you can press ‘Cmd+1’. To view in the form of a list, press ‘Cmd+2’. To view column wise, press ‘Cmd+3’. Want to view items with cover flow? Press ‘Cmd+4’.

That’s all folks! We hope the list of best Mac Finder keyboard shortcuts will be beneficial to you. Use this Finder keyboard tips and simplify your tasks on your Mac computer. Still have doubts? Feel free to connect with us in the comments section below.

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