Is there a way to enable a “wrap around” arrow keys navigation in Mac Finder? Right now, I found that if I have highlighted the first or the last item in a row, I cannot use the left/right arrow key to jump to the row above/below. For example:

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I won’t be taken to the “TTMIK Level 1 Lesson 22 PDF.pdf” file from the current position, if I press the left arrow key. This is pretty annoying, especially when I use quick look to browse through a bunch of files displayed in icons mode. To get this to work, I have to switch to columns or list view, which isn’t always preferred.


No, this is not possible (at least not without dirty hacks?). What you can do however is to tab through the items.

  • To navigate to the next item, press ⇥
  • To navigate to the previous item, press ⇧⇥

This will also cycle through the items. Therefore, when you've reached the end, you'll start at the beginning.

This also works if Quick Look is activated.

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    This is better than nothing, although not as handy as arrow keys. I hope this will get fixed in the future. Thanks for the tip! – Arnold Apr 10 '12 at 21:36
  • The year is 2020 and they have not fixed a simple move to next selection! Perhaps will have to visit 10 years later. – Shiyaz Apr 28 '20 at 15:20
  • oh this is great!! tab is better than arrows i feel anyway.. easier to reach on the keyboard! – mihai May 6 at 17:56

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