I wish I could get a new Finder window launched if I double-click the Finder icon in the dock. I'm not sure if this would be possible with an Automator script, or if I would have to try to program some type menubar software or something. Any ideas?


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Hyperdock will let you do something similar. It doesn't seem to support double clicking, but I have my system set up so a middle-click on the finder icon opens a new window.

It's also an awesome dock enhancement, and brings the dock much closer to the usability of the windows taskbar (i.e. you can switch to a specific other window without having to use expose or alt-tab).

  • By the way you can specifically switch to another window without that: Right click an application in the Dock to see a menu of all open windows.
    – Josh
    Commented Nov 22, 2010 at 13:24
  • Still a 2-click solution to a one-click problem.
    – Fake Name
    Commented Nov 30, 2010 at 6:34
  • This is not a solution to the question asked. It is, however, pretty cool.
    – 10 Replies
    Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 20:25

The following AppleScript does what you want:

on run
    tell application "Finder"
        make new Finder window
    end tell
end run

Open Script Editor in the /Applications/AppleScript folder, and paste the above in to a new script. Save it somewhere as a "File Format: Application" with "Stay Open" not checked.

Save Options

Then drag that application to your Dock. When you click it, the Finder will be brought to the front and with a new finder window.

The disadvantage is, this takes about 1.5 - 2 seconds to run on my machine. I could probably tweak it by making the script stay open and watch for being brought to the front... You might also get better performance by saving it as a normal script in your "Scripts" folder and putting it in the scripts menu.


All you're trying to do is open a new Finder window, yes?

Finder Dock shortcuts

Why not just right-click on the Finder icon in the Dock and choose "New Finder Window"?

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    Although an elegant solution, the OP wants to double click, hence the question ;) Commented Nov 24, 2010 at 10:51
  • Why is your context menu black? :-)
    – Josh
    Commented Nov 28, 2010 at 15:44
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    @Martín - that's why I didn't answer at first—but after I saw the upvotes for @Fake's answer (which also didn't use double-click), I thought it was worth mentioning.
    – Dori
    Commented Nov 29, 2010 at 3:15
  • @Josh - I thought that gray (or black-ish) was the norm for dock context menus in SL (as seen here, here, here, and here). If I installed something that makes them custom, I have no idea what it is — Secrets, maybe?
    – Dori
    Commented Nov 29, 2010 at 3:19
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    @Josh Context menus are black in Snow Leopard. Commented Nov 29, 2010 at 11:09

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