I have a folder called ~/Documents/Work and I'd like to make the Finder shortcut cmd-shift-W go to that folder, similar to how cmd-shift-H goes to the Home folder (and the equivalent shortcuts for Applications, etc., all under the "Go" menu).

Is it possible to do this? And if so, how can I do it?

  • If you're in another application, do you want the shortcut to open a Finder window to the "Work" directory or do you want the shortcut to only work if you're already in Finder?
    – pasawaya
    Aug 4 '12 at 22:16

Try this AppleScript:

tell application "Finder"
    set workFolder to (POSIX file "/Users/yourname/Documents/Work") as alias
    reveal workFolder
end tell

For some reason, the tilde doesn't work in the path, so you have to enter your home folder. Since you want to assign that to a shortcut, download FastScripts which enables you to assign shortcuts to AppleScripts.

Hope this helps!


You can alternatively make an Automator service to run the Applescript.

  1. Open Automator and select Service
  2. On the left-side menu, select Utilities.
  3. In Utilities, drag and drop the "Run Applescript" action into your workflow
  4. Copy the applescript above into the "Run Applescript" action
  5. Save
  • Off topic for this question; but can't applescripts be made into "Services" that can be hot keyed via sys prefs?
    – Alexander
    Aug 5 '12 at 1:18
  • @XAleXOwnZX - I think they can through Automator. I'll look into it and get back to you.
    – pasawaya
    Aug 5 '12 at 1:19
  • That's what i was thinking, but idk if Automator has a drag-n'-drop block thingie to implement your own apple script code. I can't check right now b/c i'm not @ home =/
    – Alexander
    Aug 5 '12 at 1:20
  • @XAleXOwnZX - I figured out how to do it
    – pasawaya
    Aug 5 '12 at 1:23
  • @XAleXOwnZX - Did that answer your question?
    – pasawaya
    Aug 5 '12 at 1:30

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