I'm recently switched to Mac from windows, I was quite pain but now adjusted to the Mac commands and shortcuts except one, that is whenever select folder and hit return/enter it executes the rename. While I was expecting it to open it?

Is there any way I can set the shortcut?


Open it -- ⌘O (or use the alternative ).

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  • 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
  • Well I use "Command + Down Arrow" for opening a folder, and "Command + \" for going back. I did this by adding a custom shortcut in Applications Shortcut -> For Finder and added "Enclosing Folder" -> "Command + \ " – Pranzell Jun 13 at 9:54

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 commandshift-G while Finder is active and type the path of the folder you want to open in the box that appears. ie:

command shift-G ~/Pictures

will open your Pictures folder.

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  • 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

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