On my Windows machine I use [Win]+R to bring up a RUN prompt where I can type in a URL to quickly go to the web.

I've been searching to find a Mac equivalent (without installing any special software) and haven't had any luck. Is there a Mac equivalent?

  • What version of Mac OS X are you running? – Daniel Nov 7 '14 at 2:29

You can also use Alfred:


  • Yes. That would entail extra software though, but I suppose that it is inevitable. – Edwarr Nov 8 '14 at 15:46
  • It turns out that Alfred is "free" software, so I broke down and installed it and I'm able to access web sites now directly from the keyboard. Thanks to all who replied! – Edwarr Nov 11 '14 at 1:06

Assuming you're using Yosemite, Spotlight can do this. Cmd-Space, type in your address, hit enter. I can't confirm if this works in older versions of OS X though.

  • I'm running Yosemite. The Cmd-Space approach works, but only if you prefix the URL with "http://". It's a little bit of extra typing, but I suppose it will do the trick. – Edwarr Nov 8 '14 at 15:44
  • Sierra doesn't need the http – Robino Feb 16 '17 at 19:52

One way to do this in any version of OS X from 10.4 onward would be to create an Automator action. If you create a service like this one:

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and save it, you can then assign a keystroke to it, so you can trigger it from the keyboard in any application.

  • This is a cool approach. I hadn't considered this. Thanks. – Edwarr Nov 8 '14 at 16:04

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