I have a Stream Deck and I am hoping I can make a button I can press that will activate finder and move me to a currently open finder window - just as if I clicked on Finder on the Dock. (I can do this for every other app by just launching the app) I figured out how to "launch" finder by launching the Finder app tucked away in the System folder, but it doesn't quite do what I want (see below.)

I've gotten very close from these other articles:

Is there a keyboard shortcut to bring up Finder?

How to automate right clicking Finder's dock icon and choosing action?

But they all do the same thing as

open -a Finder

in terminal——they make Finder active, but if I have a finder window open on another monitor in full screen it does not move to it, it only shows Finder in the menu bar.

I can't seem to find a way emulate the exact action of clicking the icon in the dock, which does indeed jump to the correct "spaces desktop" (full screen Finder window) on another monitor, whether via keyboard shortcut, shortcuts app, stream deck's app, automator, AppleScript, or terminal command - however I am by no means an expert in automator, Shortcuts, AppleScript, or terminal.

I tried "watch me do" in automator, and it'd work if I didn't hide my dock, but I do. :/


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Well, I figured out a way to do what I want, but I am still interested if there is a "cleaner" way (because this way makes the dock pop up when I run it.)

Stream Deck lets me run keyboard shortcuts, so in this video I found that control-f3 activates the dock, and it always starts on finder, so then I have the same button run another keyboard shortcut - plain old Return - to activate it, which gives me the desired action.

  • It would be better if you included your "hack" in your question and modify the question accordingly to ask for what you actually need at this time.
    – Alper
    Commented Sep 12, 2022 at 23:56

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