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I want to set to open a folder in finder with Enter.

I know it's possible to open a folder with ⌘ Command + ↓ Down Arrow but I don't like it and I never use it because it's easier to use the trackpad, but enter would be the easiest way.

I tried to set it trough the keyboard shortcuts but I can't do it.

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Cmd+O works too btw :-) (not really answer to your question, I know). – Peter Štibraný Dec 12 '10 at 22:03
I would also add make the "Delete" key delete the selected item in finder. – Fake Name Dec 13 '10 at 10:30
Don't think it's possible. Up for "go up one level," down for "go down one level." Just get used to it. You'll be fine, I'm sure. – Harv Jan 8 '11 at 15:03
Furthermore, this actually was possible, until apple broke it, intentionally or not, in OS X 10.6. See – Fake Name Jan 8 '11 at 15:03
@Fake Name Using just the delete key to move an item to the trash is a bad idea. I'm editing a file name, I hit delete to delete characters. Oops, there it goes. Ah, you say, but the Finder checks what mode you're in. What if I forgot what mode I was in? Shortcuts need to be consistent. How hard is it to hold down command + delete? – ghoppe Jun 21 '11 at 14:09
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Any person new to Apple and Mac would find lot of things un-intuitive or just forced on the user, w/o any options to change it. Or it might be that just many of us had their first experiences on Win/Linux systems.

But just found this plugin to finder XtraFinder which among lot of other options allows you to ENTER/RETURN to open a file.

Feeling a lot relieved now! Hope it helps.

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XtraFinder is a great app, but it no longer works on El Capitan unless you disable System Integrity Protection. A solution that does work on El Capitan is Karabiner (formerly known as KeyRemap4MacBook). Simply install Karabiner and then scroll down in its settings window to For Applications / Enable at only Finder / Windows Explorer Navigation for Finder and turn on Use Return as Open. There are a few different options there to set another key to Rename. I like Use F2 to Rename to make Finder consistent with Windows Explorer. – Michael Geary Dec 27 '15 at 23:19
@MichaelGeary Why not make this an answer? – javadba Jun 13 at 5:12

As I know you can not set it to enter in a normal way (but maybe exist some tricky way) but you can change open shortcut by going to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts tab from the left window choose Application Shortcuts and press + to add new shortcut then find Finder in Application and choose Open in Menu Title and press any desired shortcut in textbox.

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thanks very much, howerver I cannot choose enter as the shortcut because it puts nothing as shortcut instead. I need to add something + enter but I wan just enter alone. What should I do? – Adam Dec 7 '10 at 18:18
and in your screeshot there is , when I select Finder fro the Application dropdown ads Finder – Adam Dec 7 '10 at 18:22
@CIRK I set that My OS X show the Index so in my screen shot you see but if you don't set it just show Finder. and also I said that you can not use enter in normal way (also can't use enter + something else it didn't work for me) I just want to show you a way to change system shortcut. – Am1rr3zA Dec 7 '10 at 18:34
You could usually do something like defaults write NSUserKeyEquivalents '{Open="\r";}'; osascript -e 'quit app "Finder"', but it doesn't seem to work either. – user495470 Sep 29 '12 at 16:08

PresButan (Mac OS X 10.4.x-10.7.x): An idiotically named solution to a spectacular UI oversight (rather apropos, eh?).
It also lets you use either the backspace or delete key to delete files.

I can confirm it works (just installed it). Apparently it leverages the accessibility system and uses a daemon to catch the return events.

If you are on 10.3-10.5, you also have the option of using ReturnOpen.

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I'm pretty sure it's not a UI oversight as it was done deliberately. – ghoppe Jun 20 '11 at 18:10
Ok, so it was deliberate. Then the inability to change the setting is a UI oversight. In either case, it's idiotic. – Fake Name Jun 21 '11 at 10:35
I disagree. Not everyone expects or wants enter to open folders in the finder. Renaming folders is convenient with enter; using command + arrows for navigation makes sense and is easy. In list view, what's the "opposite" of enter? How do I get out of the folder? With command-up: open parent, command-down: open folder, it makes sense and is symmetrical. People who insist that it is "wrong" or "idiotic" are simply used to another OS. – ghoppe Jun 21 '11 at 14:04
@ghoppe - Christ, did you read my comment? I additionally specified that the inability to change the setting is the really stupid thing. Also, the inverse of enter is backspace, as it has been since long ago. Apple is the one who decided we needed two delete keys, which still doesn't make much sense to me. – Fake Name Jun 22 '11 at 0:12
@Fake Name Sorry, I guess you have a non-standard usage of the phrase in either case which I am unfamiliar with. Mac conventions (in the Finder) are that command shortcuts use the command key. This is in my view a good thing, it allows you to edit names without modal worries. Not allowing non-command key shortcuts seems to me to be a pretty minor shortcoming. Having multiple options to use other OS conventions is a big can of worms to open. I'm fine with third-party utilities for this. – ghoppe Jun 22 '11 at 19:02

You could also use KeyRemap4MacBook, but it would make pressing return open items even in rename mode. And there are a lot of other places besides Finder where return renames items and other key combinations open them.

If you don't use a QWERTY keyboard layout, change KeyCode::O to KeyCode::CURSOR_DOWN:

  <name>Use Return as Open</name>
  <autogen>--KeyToKey-- KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::FN, KeyCode::RETURN</autogen>
  <autogen>--KeyToKey-- KeyCode::RETURN, KeyCode::CURSOR_DOWN, ModifierFlag::COMMAND_L</autogen>
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