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Enter to open a file in Finder

Pressing Enter key on my Mac renames the file. I don't want that. I don't want to unlearn twelve years of Windows usage. I want to change the rename command to F2 and open files using Enter. Kindly help.

How can I change the key functions?

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Sorry if this seems harsh but why did you get a Mac if you don't want to unlearn 12 years of Windows? Even if you solve this problems you will never have the same system. –  Matteo Jul 12 '12 at 5:13
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Protip: When learning a new GUI environment, don't try to force it to be like some previous GUI environment you're more familiar with. Let yourself acclimate to the new system. You'll adjust to the differences very quickly, and you'll soon be able to switch back and forth with ease. –  Spiff Jul 12 '12 at 7:30
    
You're probably referring to the Return key. There's no Enter key on recent Macs. –  Daniel Beck Jul 13 '12 at 15:06
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@DanielBeck please don't nitpick. We all know what he is talking about. –  kinokijuf Jul 14 '12 at 6:12
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@kino Until a few years ago, Macs came with both Enter and Return keys, e.g. here. Return is the oddly shaped one, Enter is directly left from the arrow keys. Today you need to press Fn-Return to get Enter. AFAIK it makes a difference in Excel on Windows as well (with numpad Enter). –  Daniel Beck Jul 14 '12 at 8:58
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You can use BetterTouchTool to reconfigure keyboard/mouse/touchpad mappings to your heart's content, including remapping return keypresses in Finder into Cmd+o.

That said, I've gotten so used to it now that I'm looking for a way to change the behavior in windows instead. :-)

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Remapping the return does not seem trivial but you get ReturnOpen (an application that maps return to open.

You could try ReturnOpen: http://www.returnopen.com/

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As a reference only: Cmd+O will open the selected item

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Command + down arrow does as well. –  ephsmith Jul 12 '12 at 6:01
    
Never heard of that one... I'll have to try it –  Canadian Luke Jul 12 '12 at 6:03
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