is there anywhere a script or a workaround, or even just a .plist file, where i can manage to open a new finder window by clicking on the finder icon in the dock?

When a Finder window is already open, a click on the Finder icon just shows me the opened window, but doesn't open a new one.

Can anyone help?

  • The real question is why clicking the icon when no Finder windows are already open sometimes does nothing...
    – Andy
    Commented Dec 21, 2018 at 19:28
  • it's been ten years, but there's still no proper way to achieve this. it's especially annoying when you click finder on dock and it jumps to an open finder window in another desktop.
    – rasitayaz
    Commented Sep 29, 2022 at 18:02

2 Answers 2


This behaviour happens beacuse the dock just launches an app. Finder is classified as an app, so it will open/show the app window, you will need to open a new window within the app.

You can use the keyboard short cut CMD + N, and if you are not in the app press CMD + Tab to open it first.

You could possibly try using Quicksilver, which makes custom keystrokes, so you could assign O to opening a new finder window


You can do this using Hyperdock.

I do this for most of my software (Finder, Terminal, Chrome, etc...). Clicking on the application icon sends the application a Command + N.

It's non-free though.

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