In an Open File dialog, I can press Return or Cmd-Down to go into a folder. But is there a key sequence to actually select the folder as the item to open? It seems I can only just use the mouse to press the Open button while the folder is highlighted.

(BBEdit is an example of an application in which I often want to open a folder.)

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Return (with the ↩ symbol) opens the folder for browsing its contents (unless you're in column view). You need to press Enter instead. It's a different key, and its symbol is ⌤.

If you don't have that key on your keyboard, you can press Fn-Return to achieve the same effect.

  • Thanks for the clarification. I so seldom use anything but column view that I was unaware of the distinction. You have my vote sir.
    – jaberg
    Feb 17, 2012 at 14:37

Not all applications allow you to open multiple documents simultaneously but you can open an entire folder from a BBedit (Version 10.0.1) Open Dialog by using the Column view, selecting the folder you want to open, and hitting return.

image of BBEdit Open Dialog Box

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