I'm recently switched to Mac from Windows. It was quite a pain but I am now adjusted to the Mac commands and shortcuts, except one. That is whenever I select a folder and press Return/Enter it executes the rename. While I was expecting it to open it?

Is there any way I can change the shortcut?

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    It's really strange :) – Ahmad Behzadi Aug 22 '20 at 17:10

To open it, you can use two keyboard shortcut

  1. +O
  2. +
  • is there a way to change the shortcut key ? – Prashant Cholachagudda Apr 26 '10 at 17:27
  • System Preferences app -> Keyboard, choose "keyboard shortcuts" tab. Click the + sign to add a custom shortcut. You can specify that it's only for Finder.... but you can't assign enter as the shortcut. – Doug Harris Apr 26 '10 at 19:00
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    Thanks Doug, I found one moer shortcut :) command + down arrow – Prashant Cholachagudda Apr 26 '10 at 21:19
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    Also, ⌘↑ will open the enclosing folder, like Backspace on Windows. Holding down the ⌥ (Option) key will also close the current window. – Kevin Reid Oct 28 '10 at 21:16
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    @izy Can you be more specific – are you referring to MacOS 11 (aka Big Sur)? – Doug Harris Jan 11 at 20:24

I use Command plus the or arrow keys.

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    I find this way better than the accepted answer. – Meryovi Jun 6 '13 at 23:05
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    It seems this is more expected behavior. – wonsuc Feb 13 '19 at 1:50

As well, you can also use Command+Shift+G while Finder is active and type the path of the folder you want to open in the box that appears. ie:


will open your Pictures folder.

  • This works great in combination with Finderpath. – dorien Jan 17 '17 at 2:51
  • and tab-completion works in the dialog for choosing the path. It's a great combination. – Doug Harris Feb 6 '18 at 14:41

Same situation. But I eased my pain by switching to the "View as Columns" view (Command+3) and navigate to any needed place just using all the arrow keys.

If needed I can again quickly switch to my previous view with Command+1/2/3 or 4 shortcuts.

This is better (in my case) than staying in "Icons view" and navigating with arrows Up and Down.


Updated combination: +

and as mentioned previously: + o

  • Welcome to Super User! Please don't try to answer old questions as your first posts, also please expand your answer to fully explain what it does. – Xeнεi Ξэnвϵς Jan 10 at 6:50
  • OS version: Big Sur – izy Jan 12 at 22:17

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