Mac OSX Shortcut Keys

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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.

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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