Keyboard Shortcuts for Finder Windows

Speed Up Working with the Finder with These Keyboard Shortcuts

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The Finder is your window into the Mac's file system. Designed to be used primarily via a system of menus and pop-up menus, the Finder works very well with a mouse and trackpad. But it can also be controlled directly from the keyboard.

The keyboard has the advantage of allowing you to navigate through the Finder and interact with devices, files, and folders, all without ever having to take your fingers off the keys.

The disadvantage of the keyboard is that your interaction with the Finder is achieved through the use of keyboard shortcuts, a combination of two or more keys that, when pressed at the same time, perform a specific function, such as pressing the Command key and the W key to close the front-most Finder window.

Trying to remember all of the Finder keyboard shortcuts would be quite an undertaking, especially for shortcuts that are rarely used. Instead, it's best to pick out a few that you'll use all the time. Some commonly used shortcuts to add to your arsenal could include the various Finder viewing options, along with the Arrange By option, to quickly sort a window's contents for you.

These keyboard shortcuts for the Finder can help you streamline how you work and play with your Mac.

The Finder Window Shortcuts List

File and Window-Related Shortcuts

Keys

Description

Command + N

New Finder window

Shift + Command + N

New folder

Option + Command + N

New Smart Folder

Command + O

Open selected item

Command + T

New tab

Command + W

Close window

Option + Command + W

Close all Finder windows

Command + I

Show Get Info for selected item

Command + D

Duplicate selected files

Command + L

Make an alias of selected item

Command + R

Show original for selected alias

Command + Y

Quick Look selected item

Control + Command + T

Add selected item to sidebar

Control + Shift + Command + T

Add selected item to Dock

Command + Delete

Move selected item to trash

Command + F

Find

Option + Command + T

Add Tag to selected item

Command + E

Eject selected device

Finder Viewing Options

 Keys

Description

Command + 1

View as icons

Command + 2

View as list

Command + 3

View as column

Command + 4

View as cover flow

Command + Right Arrow

In list view, expands the highlighted folder

Command + Left Arrow

In list view, collapses the highlighted folder

Option + Command + Right Arrow

In list view, expands the highlighted folder and all subfolders

Command + Down Arrow

In list view, opens the selected folder

Control + Command + 0

Arrange by none

Control + Command + 1

Arrange by name

Control + Command + 2

Arrange by kind

Control + Command + 3

Arrange by date last opened

Control + Command + 4

Arrange by date added

Control + Command + 5

Arrange by date modified

Control + Command + 6

Arrange by size

Control + Command + 7

Arrange by tags

Command + J

Show view options

Option + Command + P

Show or hide the path bar

Option + Command + S

Show or hide the sidebar

Command + Slash (/)

Show of hide the status bar

Shift + Command + T

Show or hide a Finder tab

Control + Command + F

Enter or leave full screen

Quick Ways to Navigate in the Finder

Keys

Description

Command + [

Go back to previous location

Command  + ]

Go forward to previous location

Command + Up Arrow

Go to enclosing folder

Shift + Command + A

Open the Applications folder

Shift + Command + C

Open the Computer window

Shift + Command + D

Open the Desktop folder

Shift + Command + F

Open All My Files window

Shift + Command + G

Open Go To Folder window

Shift + Command + H

Open the Home folder

Shift + Command + I

Open iCloud Drive folder

Shift + Command + K

Open Network window

Shift + Command + L

Open Downloads folder

Shift + Command + O

Open Documents folder

Shift + Command + R

Open AirDrop window

Shift + Command + U

Open Utilities folder

Command + K

Open Connect to Server window

Don’t forget that with each new version of OS X Apple releases, Finder shortcuts may change, or additional shortcuts may be added. The list of Finder keyboard shortcuts is current up to OS X El Capitan (10.11). We'll update this list when new versions of OS X are released.