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I have recently switched to Mac so I'm still getting working out all the keyboard shortcuts I am accustomed to with my previous OS (Windows).

On windows I use to quickly open new explorer windows by simply clicking on a explorer tab while holding Shift.

Is there something similar to this on Mac OS? I already know of Cmd + N for new windows but that's only if I'm in the finder app.

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I have a couple of solutions to this. Unfortunately, they use 3rd party programs that both cost money, but I feel they both are worth it (for this, and many other reasons).

Firstly, hyperdock enhances the dock with many new features:

HyperDock adds long awaited features to your Dock: Select individual application windows just by moving the mouse on a dock item, use mouse clicks to quickly open new windows and many more. (from the website)

The mouse clicks feature is what you need. You can easily replicate the windows 7 feature by adding a New Window Action for any dock item when Shift+Left click is used. Note that this will work for most apps. Eg with firefox/chrome it will open a new browser window.

This program costs $10. Make sure you buy the non-app store version though, as the app store version doesn't have this feature!


An other solution is Total Finder. This adds a lot of features to finder, such as tabbed browsing and cut and paste. It also has a visor feature - this lets you show and hide a special finder window with a single hotkey. I can't live without this now.

This program costs $18


There are likely other free solutions to this as well, but I haven't looked for them yet.

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