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In Windows, no matter what application you're in, Windowse will bring up a Windows Explorer window.

Is there a similar shortcut in Mac? Currently I have to Commandtab until Finder is selected, then press Commandn for a new window.

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There is no shortcut integrated into the OS. However, there are workarounds:

  1. OptionCommandSpace opens a Spotlight window, from which you can navigate to where you wish to go as in Finder. (It is essentially a Finder window, just opened to Spotlight)
  2. Use a shortcuts manager such as Quicksilver or Spark to create a custom shortcut.
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Nice! I like the Spotlight window. It's good enough. Thanks! –  hobbes3 Mar 30 '12 at 2:35
    
The problem with OPTION + COMMAND + SPACE is that each time you use it, a new finder window seems to get created. This is annoying! –  Phani Sep 18 at 20:53
    
@Phani yes, it is annoying. So open finder with OPTION + COMMAND + SPACE and then hit COMMAND + W and it brings the previously open finder to screen –  ToughPal Oct 28 at 16:26

yes there is a way; option(alt), command, space.

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There is a more generic way, although not straightforward.

  1. Open Automator
  2. Create a new service
  3. Close to the upper-left corner of the automator window, there is a button labelled "Variables": push it
  4. In the second column there is a variable named "Path": double-click it
  5. A blue bubble labelled "Path" appears in a list at the bottom right of the automator window: double-click it
  6. In the pop-up, change the directory: Select the directory that will be the initial one shown by your Finder, then click "Done".
  7. Drag the bubble "Path" to the empty grey area at the right of the window and drop it: an item named "Get Value of Variable" appears as first step of the workflow
  8. Click on the button "Actions" next to the button "Variables" (See step 3)
  9. In the first column, select "Files or folders"
  10. In the second column double-click "Open Finder Items": an item named "Open Finder Items" appears as second step of the workflow
  11. Make sure you read "Service receives no input in any application" above the workflow diagram
  12. Save the service, using menu File/Save. Type in the name "Openfinder", then click "Save"

  13. Now open the System Preferences

  14. Select Keyboard, then Keyboard and shortcuts
  15. In the left column, highlight Services
  16. In the right column, find the name "Openfinder" in the "General" section and select it
  17. Click the button "Add shortcut" next to the name "Openfinder"
  18. Type the shortcut of your choice (but conflicts with existing shortcuts do not seem to be notified by te system)

Sorry for the number of steps. I wish it were simpler.

You can use this method to create any kind of shortcut!

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your solution is THE most complex, but it offers an important overview on a fundamental feature of OSX. Thanks for sharing a so long and detailed step-by-step instructions list, it really helped me. –  sataniccrow Sep 18 at 10:28
    
This is the only solution that worked for me. Now, the only trouble is to choose a shortcut key that doesn't clash with other applications. –  Phani Sep 18 at 21:07

There's a bug on 10.7 and 10.8 where the shortcuts for Automator services don't always work until you hover over the services menu from the menu bar. There's also a small delay before services are run, and they don't work in applications that don't have a menu bar or a services menu.

It's probably better to just rely on third party applications, like Alfred, Apptivate, BetterTouchTool, or QuickSilver.

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+1 for a list of cool applications. I heavily use BetterTouchTool and I love it! –  hobbes3 Jul 1 '13 at 21:49

Thought I share this perfect solution with you guys, which I cannot believe I haven't find anywhere on web.

Go to -> System Preferences -> Keyboard

Scroll to -> Spotlight

Mark "Show Spotlight Window", and put your desired shortcut

I use Control-E which is easiest in my opinion to press from Mac keyboard.

It acts even better than Windows Explorer, when you customize the sidebar on Finder Window for your most accessed Folders (I suggest hiding the color code balls also). In Finder, make sure you have "View -> Show Toolbar and Show Sidebar" enabled.

You are welcome.

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