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10 hotkeys for Finder in Mac OS X, which everyone should know

Same, as most native applications on OS X, Finder file manager offers a large number of keyboard hotkeys to simplify the work. Here are 10 key combinations that can be used for the file system management.


1.      Changing the display of files in Finder

To change the view of the files in the Finder, simply use the following hotkeys:

Command (⌘) + 1 – display the contents of a Finder window as icons;

Command (⌘) + 2 – display the contents of a Finder window as a list;

Command (⌘) + 3 – display the contents of a Finder window in column view;

Command (⌘) + 4 – Display the contents of a Finder window in Cover Flow mode.

2.      Open a new Finder window

Sometimes when working with the file system it is necessary to move a document to a new folder on Mac. In this case, you want to be able to open a second Finder window. This can be easily done by pressing the Command (⌘) + N – a new window will be opened or Command (⌘) + T – and a new tab will be created.

3.      Create a new folder

To create a new folder in the Finder, you can use the combination of keys Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + N. After that you will need to name the folder and move the desired content.

4.      Searching

One of the useful features in the Finder is the ability to search content store on a Mac. After starting the application press Command (⌘) + F. When the search field appears on the screen, simply type the required query.

5.      Cleaning the trash

To quickly clean up the trash you can use the combination of Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + Delete. To do this, move the Finder window to the foreground.

6.      Duplicate selected objects

To duplicated the selected objects, you can use the Command (⌘) + D, after that, the appropriate copy will be created in the Finder.

7.      Startup Spotlight

To open the Spotlight, simple press the keys Ctrl + Space.

8.      Quick access to the Utilities folder

This folder contains a number of useful applications, such as Terminal and Activity Monitor. To rapidly open the folder, you can use the keys Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + U.

9.      Quick access to the Applications folder

In case you need to run, rename or delete an application, you can get quick access to the “Applications” folder by pressing the following combination of keys Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + A.

10. Configure file view options for the current window

To configure file view options for the current window, simply move Finder window to the foreground and press the Command (⌘) + J. The list of options should appear now and you will be able to change the icons size, sort order, choose Finder’s background and so on.


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