I am an avid user of the launch application Alfred. I already have key bindings to open specific directories but when initiated, they always open the directory in a new finder window. Im looking for a method to change the directory of the existing finder window rather than opening a new one. Im open to native or workflow-based solutions.

Any help or ideas are appreciated.

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You could do it installing this workflow: Open in Finder Tab.

Just type ot Directory and you will have it open on a new Finder tab.

If you want to open a directory in the same window without open a new tab, you could edit the workflow. Go to Alfred Preferences → Workflows → Open in Finder Tab.

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You must right click on Run Script and select configure. It will appear the script source. Just delete the following line and will work.

tell application "System Events" to keystroke "t" using command down
  • Great start. I actually have my system configured to not use tabs… effectively this seems to be the same function just presented a little differently. I would like to actually change the current directory with whatever directory I launch from alfred. Is there a system level conflict of some sort that prevents my desired functionality?
    – visyoual
    Nov 19, 2014 at 19:24
  • That is fantastic! A BIG thank you! My use of alfred grows by the day and this was a big obstacle in my daily workflow. Unfortunately I dont have enough rep here to give you an upvote… but thank you again.
    – visyoual
    Nov 20, 2014 at 12:52

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