In Windows, no matter what application you're in, Windowse will bring up a Windows Explorer window.
Is there a similar shortcut in Mac? Currently I have to Commandtab until Finder is selected, then press Commandn for a new window.
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There is no shortcut integrated into the OS. However, there are workarounds:
There is a more generic way, although not straightforward.
Save the service, using menu File/Save. Type in the name "Openfinder", then click "Save"
Now open the System Preferences
Sorry for the number of steps. I wish it were simpler.
You can use this method to create any kind of shortcut!
Thought I share this perfect solution with you guys, which I cannot believe I haven't find anywhere on web.
Go to -> System Preferences -> Keyboard
Scroll to -> Spotlight
Mark "Show Spotlight Window", and put your desired shortcut
I use Control-E which is easiest in my opinion to press from Mac keyboard.
It acts even better than Windows Explorer, when you customize the sidebar on Finder Window for your most accessed Folders (I suggest hiding the color code balls also). In Finder, make sure you have "View -> Show Toolbar and Show Sidebar" enabled.
You are welcome.
There's a bug on 10.7 and 10.8 where the shortcuts for Automator services don't always work until you hover over the services menu from the menu bar. There's also a small delay before services are run, and they don't work in applications that don't have a menu bar or a services menu.