I tried to get my downloads folder synced with iCloud and followed this tutorial: How to sync an additional folder to iCloud Drive similar to how macOS Sierra does it?

However, I did not like the result, so I tried to reverse its effects and "reinstalled" the downloads folder in my user folder by simply creating a new folder and naming it "Downloads". Everything seems to work (Safari files get downloaded into this folder, this folder is accessible via the dock etc.)

My problem: The keyboard shortcut (++L) is not directing me to the downloads folder whenever I am in finder. All other keyboard shortcuts in finder still work.

Do you have any tips or suggestions on how to get the shortcut to work again? I rely heavily on keyboard shortcuts in finder, so this problem is very annoying.

Thank you.

Btw: I am using macOS 10.15.2, if that is of any relevance.

1 Answer 1


++L is the default key but if it is not working, I would suggest you create a new service in Automator.

  1. Set the dropdowns to Service receives to no input, in any application, or limit it to just the Finder if you like.
  2. Add the "Run Shell Script" item, and set the content to open ~/Downloads
  3. Save the Service, name it whatever you like.
  4. In the keyboard shortcuts preference pane, select "Services" from the source list.

Find the service you created at the bottom of the list on the right, and give it whatever shortcut you'd like. I hope this will help you.

  • That did help. Thank you for putting in the effort, your solution works! :-)
    – Chris937
    Commented Jan 24, 2020 at 13:37
  • Great to know. Would you be kind to accept my answer too :) ?
    – Udhy
    Commented Jan 24, 2020 at 13:40

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