When I create a new Desktop (space) in Mission Control, how can I quickly open a new Finder window in that space?

Right now I have to right-click on the Finder icon and hit New Finder Window, because if I left-click on the icon it brings me to the already open windows in another space. I do want to keep this behaviour for when a Finder window already exists in the current space. I can then switch back and forth by clicking on the icon.

However, in a space where no Finder window is present, ideally I would click on the Finder icon and a new window would appear. Shift clicking is also fine. Can I achieve this behaviour somehow?


Just click on the blank desktop space to activate the Finder and then CMD+n



Save this Applescript code as an Applescript Application. Drag it to you dock next to your finder iCon and click it when you want a new finder window.

tell application "Finder"
    make new Finder window
end tell
  • This assumes that I have blank desktop space. If I'm in another app, I first have to show the desktop, then click on it and then hit cmd+n. I was hoping for a faster solution. – Saaru Lindestøkke Nov 27 '13 at 13:45
  • updated the answer – markhunte Nov 27 '13 at 17:33

If opening a new finder window with Command/Apple + n doesn't work, ensure you don't have the Option "Open On ... Space" set for the Finder.

  • cmd + n works for me, but I could not find the option you mentioned in the settings. – Derelict May 4 '15 at 14:56

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