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10 Most Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts in Finder

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Keyboard shortcuts are very helpful for users who tend to use the keyboard more than the mouse. Keyboard shortcuts help perform actions more quickly. You may be unaware of some of the keyboard shortcuts for Finder. In this article, we will give you 10 shortcut keys which can help you navigate through Finder.

  1. To open a new Finder window use the Command (⌘) +N shortcut. This shortcut will be helpful when you want to copy selected items to a new folder by using drag and drop. On the other hand, you could also use the Command (⌘) +T shortcut to open a new tab in Finder.
  2. You can make a new folder in Finder by using the Command (⌘) +Shift (⇧) +N shortcut keys. This will create a new empty folder. You can drag and drop items into this folder once you rename it.
  3. Use the Command (⌘) +Shift (⇧) +Delete shortcut keys to empty your trash folder while your Finder window is open.
  4. To search your Mac press the Command (⌘) +Space keys this will open the Spotlight.
  5. Use the Command (⌘) +Shift (⇧) +U keys to open Utilities on your Mac. Utilities have many important applications such as the “Terminal Monitor”. You may find this shortcut helpful to open the Utilities while the Finder is running.
  6. You can open the Mac apps folder by using the shortcut keys Command (⌘) +Shift (⇧) + A
  7. To duplicate any items in your Finder window, select the items you want to duplicate then press the shortcut keys Command (⌘) + D.
  8. Use the Command (⌘) + F shortcut keys to search your Mac. After pressing these keys a search bar will open in which you can write the item you are searching for on your Mac.
  9. Use the Command (⌘) + J shortcut key to change how the items are displayed in the Finder window. The file view options lets you change the icon and grid size, the sorting of items and the preview details.
  10. You can change the way files are previewed in your Finders window by Pressing:
  • Command (⌘) +1 keys to display files in icon style.
  • Command (⌘) +2 keys to display files in list style.
  • Command (⌘) +3 keys to display files in column style.
  • Command (⌘) +4 keys to display files in cover flow style.

Many other shortcuts are available in Finder but these are the ones that are most often used.

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