In finder on OSX there are shortcuts to special folders like the user's Desktop, the user's Home directory and the Applications directory (from memory it's D for ~/Desktop, shiftH for ~/ and shiftA for /Applications, but it's been a while since I moved to the dark side, so please feel free to edit).

One thing that's always bugged me is that there is no equivalent for Windows. To navigate to my home folder is particularly annoying, I have to go My PC>C:>Users>stib> which is way too many clicks. So is there an addon or hack that mimics the OSX behaviour? Ideally it would work in open file dialogs as well as in Explorer.

EDIT Here's what I tried with AutoHotKey

;-- ctrl win d opens the documents dir
send {Ctrl down}l{Ctrl up}
send Documents{Enter}

That works in some dialogs, but not all. For example the dialog that opens with notepad++ looks like this,

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and neither the ctrll nor altd shortcuts would move focus to the address box. So that script would send the word "Documents" to the name box, resulting in it creating or opening a file called Documents in whatever folder it happened to be open in. The workaround is to send the absolute path to the Documents folder, but it's still a bit brittle. If focus is moved away from the dialog for any reason (eg a notification window from another ap opening) the script will send keystrokes to random elements. Not optimal.

  • Ctrl+L -> "stib" ;) – Daniel B Nov 7 '19 at 7:05
  • This is easily answered using google. What did your research show? – Moab Nov 7 '19 at 11:28
  • There does not seem to be any equivalent that I can find. Besides, searching for windows desktop shortcut just produces endless pages telling me how to press windows D. Yeah, I know. – stib Nov 7 '19 at 12:35

The structure of file system one Windows is different from the Mac, so sometimes there is no strict equivalent.

You can use the shortcut ⊞ Win+D to minimize all open windows and see the desktop. Use it again to restore those open windows.

In File Explorer, This PC is technically your home folder. For example, let's say you have a folder named Test on the Desktop. If you go to This PC > Desktop > Test, now check the address bar and you will see C:\Users\stib\Desktop\Test. In Folder Options, you can change what File Explorer opens to. You can choose This PC, or Quick access.

But more accurately, your home folder is actually your name in File Explorer and it is displayed at the same level along with Quick access and This PC.

You can customize Quick access and add all the folders that you use more often. This way you can reach them much faster. Right-click on any folder and select Pin to Quick access. Those folders not only show up in File Explorer in Quick access, but also when you have a File Explorer window open and right-click on its button in the Task Bar, those folders show up pinned to the context menu and clicking on one of them opens a new File Explorer window to that folder.

  • I'm specifically looking for keyboard shortcuts. I realise I can see the desktop with Win+D but that doesn't help when I'm in a choose-folder dialogue. – stib Nov 7 '19 at 12:40
  • No, that doesn't help in the dialog, but the Quick access does. Try it. It always comes at the top of the folders list on the left side. You can easily create new hotkeys in Windows, but I don't recommend it. If you really want to do it, I can tell you how, or you can simply google it. – Racil Hilan Nov 7 '19 at 13:21
  • Thanks, I'm trying to avoid mousing when I can. I already use autohotkeys to automate other things, I was hoping for a less kludgy solution. – stib Nov 7 '19 at 23:33

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