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Is there a default keyboard shortcut to start a new Finder window? If not, is there a way to assign one? I tried System preferences/App Shortcuts/Shortcuts and created a new item Finder, and assigned SHIFT-COMMAND-F, among other things, but nothing

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By default, no, there's no keyboard shortcut to activate Finder.

Keyboard Maestro can do this though:

When ⇧⌘F, activate Finder

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option + command + spacebar is all you need to open a Finder. – netrox Nov 27 '15 at 18:29
@netrox thanks! – Martin Pfeffer Apr 6 at 5:47

It's actually easy. On Yosemite, just press option + command + spacebar. That will open a new Smart Finder window. You then can navigate from there. It works on a system level no matter what application you're running.

No need for scripts or complicated setups.

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This is actually the most appropriate answer to the question! Thanks netrox :-) – Andz Mar 7 '15 at 15:51
This should be the accepted answer. – sebnukem Jun 9 at 0:09
  1. Open Automator and choose the service template.
  2. Change the input type from selected text to no input.
  3. Add a Launch Application action and drop Finder on the pop-up button from /System/Library/CoreServices/. (The dialog for choosing an application does not allow selecting Finder.)
  4. Save the service and give it a shortcut in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services.

The service only opens a new window if there is no existing Finder window. To open a new window every time, add a Get Specified Finder Items action, drop the folder you want to open on the list, and then add a Reveal Finder Items action.

Automator is included in OS X: (Mavericks), (Mountain Lion), etc.


Further reading if you're interested in doing more with Automator:

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This really good but the Keyboard Maestro answer allows you to specify many more options; for example, if you press the shortcut key again, it toggles back to the prior front application – Victor Grazi Dec 24 '13 at 23:44
How can i run Automator? – Saeed Zarinfam Dec 25 '13 at 15:42
@Saeed: Press COMMAND + SPACE to get the Spotlight window and type 'Automator' then press Enter. Alternatively open 'Applications' from a Finder window and double-click the icon in there. – JBRWilkinson Dec 30 '13 at 11:07
I used your advice, but made some changes as your method made 2 windows pop up, and the folder did not open. I use 2 actions: Get Specified Finder Items->Open Finder Items. Thanks for the info! – Sean Jan 16 at 22:17

Actually I find it easy to bring up the finder with COMMAND-TAB. Cycle thru the open applications till you have selected Finder.

If any windows are already open but hidden they pop to the front if none are open a simple COMMAND-N opens a new window.

Not exactly a simple WINDOWS-E but it does work.

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I guess if you don't have too many windows open, that would be fine. I just missed the old Windows-E so I now programmed F6 using Keyboard Maestro – Victor Grazi Dec 25 '13 at 14:50

If you have the Powerpack for Alfred 2, you can create a workflow like this:

Hotkeys have a short delay by default, but you can reduce it by changing the trigger behavior:

Another option is to use a private.xml like this with KeyRemap4MacBook:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <autogen>__KeyToKey__ KeyCode::F12, ModifierFlag::NONE, KeyCode::VK_OPEN_URL_FINDER</autogen>
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You can always use this trick to open Finder..

alt + command + <space>

This is actually a shortcut to search for files IN FINDER MODE, In other words it opens Finder directly without needing to install any tools.

You can add your favorite directory onto the sidebar (Finder > System Preferences > Sidebar) and access it easily.

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Isn't this the same suggestion that was already given by @netrox? – Marko Bonaci Jun 21 '15 at 21:23
1) Firstly along with mentioning the solution I explained what exactly it does. 2) Secondly I have highlighted the answer so its much easier to recognize the solution. 3) It has extra information on adding items to your favorite directory. @Marko - Please read completely and properly before you spam comments in all the below posts as i can see. – Nikhil Nanjappa Sep 17 '15 at 6:35

If you use TotalFinder there is a nice 'visor' feature which causes a Finder window to slide up from the bottom of the screen. The sliding in or out can be linked to a hot key combo (double press option works well for me) and then it is always easy to do a bit if quick Finder manipulation.

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Just bought total finder. It's pretty nice, thanks – Victor Grazi Jan 24 '14 at 0:18

Option + Command + Space Bar works, and you don't even need to be "in" the Finder app.

Works from anywhere - it's the best way.

Technically, it brings up a Finder search window, but it is a Finder window.

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Isn't this the same suggestion that was already given 2 times. – Marko Bonaci Jun 21 '15 at 21:23

I also had this question too and was hoping that one of these solutions that didn't require 3rd party software I would be happy with but unfortunately the OPTION + CMD + SPACE doesn't cut it for me because it opens a blank Finder window every time. And I couldn't figure out the instructions to get an Automator script to launch Finder.

I even tried using an Apple script action in Automator but they just didn't work the way I wanted.

However I did find a SUPER simple app on the Mac App store that behaves exactly the way I wanted so I thought I would share. NOTE: you do need to create a manual shortcut for Finder as this app doesn't count Finder as the first app in your dock. But the thing I like most is a second press of the shortcut will hide the app too. Simple and beautiful.


(And lolz at the person who wrote a 1 star review about clicking their fingers hoping this app would do something. trolololol!)

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You can use the default option+command+space to show Finder search window, or make one using app shortcuts with a really hard to find combination nobody uses since F is popular character for shortcut.

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Isn't this the same suggestion that was already given 3 times. – Marko Bonaci Jun 21 '15 at 21:22

Here is the answer.

Press 'command + shift + ~' ,then you will have a surprise.

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COMMAND + SPACE + F (if you know what i mean!)

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