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  • What are some of the shortcut keys for navigating through the Finder?


Shortcuts for the Finder

Use these shortcuts to work with the Finder.

ActionShortcut
Jump to the search field in a Finder window⌘-Option-F
Define a search using multiple criteria⌘-F
Open your home folder⌘-Shift-H
⌘-Up Arrow (in some cases)
Open your iDisk⌘-Shift-I
Open the Desktop folder⌘-Shift-D
Open the Computer area⌘-Shift-C
Open the Network browser⌘-Shift-K
Open the Applications folder⌘-Shift-A
Open the Utilities folder⌘-Shift-U
Select the next iconArrow keys
Select an icon by the first letter of its nameLetter key
Select the next alphabetic item in a windowTab
Select the previous alphabetic item in a windowShift-Tab
Select a group of iconsDrag the pointer across the icons
Add an icon to the selectionShift-click
Select adjacent icons in a listShift-click
Select or deselect non-adjacent icons in a list⌘-click
Select the name of the iconReturn
Align icons as you drag them⌘-drag
Copy a file instead of moving itOption-drag the file's icon to new location
Make an alias to a file instead of moving it⌘-Option-drag the file's icon
See the pathname of the current window⌘-click window's title
Choose an item from the pop-up menu to open it
Open a folder in a separate window⌘-double-click
In list view, open the selected folderRight arrow
In list view, open each level of folders within the selected folder⌘-Option-Right Arrow
In list view, open all folders within the selected folderOption-click the disclosure triangle
In list view, close the selected folderLeft Arrow
In list or icon view, open the selected folder⌘-Down Arrow
In list or icon view, show the folder containing the current folder⌘-Up Arrow
If no Finder windows are open, opens a window showing your home folder
Open a new window showing the folder that contains the current folder and close the current window⌘-Option-Up Arrow
Open a new window showing the contents of the current folder and close the current window⌘-Option-Down Arrow
Make the desktop active⌘-Option-Shift-Up Arrow
Move the selected item to the Trash⌘-Delete
Empty the Trash⌘-Shift-Delete
Empty the Trash without any warning or when it contains locked files⌘-Shift-Option-Delete

Hold down the Option key, then choose Finder > Empty Trash


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