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If I cmnd+tab to Finder and no Finder window is open, then it follows that 100% of the time my next action is going to be cmnd+n to make a new window. Is there a hack to make this automatically happen?

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If you hold option before releasing command, the application switcher will reopen that application. (Or unminimize a window or create a new default window if it has no unminimized windows.)

LiteSwitch X has an option to make that behavior the default.

Witch has a similar feature, relaunching Finder when no windows are open.

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You are a golden tear from the eye of Horus. Thank you. From the bottom of my soul. – perpetualstudent May 8 '12 at 18:18
Added Witch to your answer if you don't mind /cc @ninjatyler – slhck May 8 '12 at 22:30
Lite Switch X looks to be out of commission. You can download it, but the link to buy is dead. – perpetualstudent May 18 '12 at 14:47

How about always cmd+n? If a finder exists you will be taken to it. Otherwise a finder is opened.

My memory fades faster every day. Instead of cmd+tab, click on the Finder in the Dock. If none exists, a new one will be created. Else you'll be moved to the desktop with the existing one. If you have more than one open, you'll be moved to the last one used.

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What do you mean? The OP wants to Cmd-Tab to Finder and automatically open a window. – slhck May 8 '12 at 22:29
cmd+tab on the empty desktop (which is equivalent to the finder) shows the active apps, and within this there may be an active finder window. cmd-n on the empty desktop switches to the active finder window, if there is none, a new window is created. – ott-- May 9 '12 at 9:10
> cmd-n on the empty desktop switches to the active finder window – that is not true. It will always create a new Finder window. The OP however wanted a solution for a situation where there's no window anyway, so I think you don't understand the problem. – slhck May 9 '12 at 9:13
I can't try this again before Saturday. I'll be back. – ott-- May 9 '12 at 10:05
@slhck I've modified my reply. – ott-- May 15 '12 at 11:55

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