In Windows, we can select a file/executable in Explorer and on pressing Enter with the keyboard, the file/executable is opened. Is this feature available on Mac OS? In Finder, if a file/executable is selected with the mouse and then we press Enter, it wants to rename the file.

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On macOS, to open the selected item, press:

  • Cmd + O (letter "o")
  • or: Cmd + (down arrow)

Alternatively, to Quick Look the selected item press:

  • Space
  • Then space again to close Quick Look.
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    You can also press cmd + down arrow Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 10:31
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    @MateuszSzlosek Thanks, I didn't know this shortcut. I guess the logic behind is going one folder backward (arrow up) / forward (arrow down). Kind of a zoom in, zoom out movement, with "opening" as a last "zoom in" operation.
    – Yoric
    Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 11:55
  • I was asking myself: is this really necessary?
    – dan
    Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 6:33

PresButan 1.4 worked for me on Mac OS Mojave (http://briankendall.net/presButan/index.htm). I had to manually add it to System Preferences -> Security and privacy -> Privacy -> Accessibility -> Allow below apps to control your computer

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PS: I am not Brian Kendall.

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    If you are Brian Kendall, (the author of this daemon app,) please add an attribution to your post.
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 12:18

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