Is there an alternative for TotalFinder’s Visor feature? The Visor feature is a keyboard shortcut that brings up a “Finder” window over top of the screen, even on full screen apps.

I don’t want to use all of TotalFinder, because I prefer default Mac OS X “Finder,” but I wish it had a keyboard shortcut to show a finder window over top of full screen apps.

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Like you, I was also searching for a TotalFinder alternative, since TotalFinder now requires to disable permanently System Integrity Protection, starting from Mojave.

As I didn't find any good alternative, I've finally ended developing a small app that just does what Visor did.

Here is the result :

FastFinder demo

It is not perfect, as it is done with AppleScript API, but it does the job.

You can download from my GitHub project here : FastFinder. It's open source and contribution is more than welcomed :)


I use Keyboard Maestro with a trigger: ⌥`

Show/Hide Finder
Triggered by any of the following:
The Hot Key ⌥` is pressed
Will execute the following actions:
Activate Finder
If already at the front, hide the application.

It doesn’t have that fancy animation that will slide “Finder” up but it gets the job done.


I'm currently using an Alfred hotkey triggered workflow to bring up Path Finder (another Finder alternative) whenever I hit: ⌥`

It works fine for bringing the app into focus and even launching it if need be, but unlike TotalFinder's Visor feature, Path Finder does not pop up "over any desktop" (OS X will slide you back to the desktop the app is open in if need be). I guess that this would be the same functionality via Keyboard Maestro.

  • I just tried the Keyboard Maestro macro suggested by @Patrick Thompson and it seems better than my Alfred workflow, mainly because it does a better job of toggling the app in question (show/hide). I just read up a bit more and it seems that Keyboard Maestro is unable to affect which Desktop/Space an app appears in so this aspect is a bit of a compromise compared to TotalFinder's Visor. More info: wiki.keyboardmaestro.com/…
    – danbohea
    Commented Oct 1, 2015 at 10:39

I use the following simple AppleScript to "emulate" the visor behavior with a normal Finder window.

if visible of application "Finder" is false then
    activate application "Finder"
    tell application "Finder"
        set visible to false
    end tell
end if

You can then link this code to some hotkey (for example with Keyboard Maestro). Make sure that the Finder window is not linked to any particular desktop/space, i.e., set the option "all spaces" for the window. This should make sure that the same Finder window pops up on any desktop/space.

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