Navigating the Mac Finder With Keyboard Shortcuts (#1572)

Navigating the Mac Finder With Keyboard Shortcuts (#1572)


Now the Finder may seem like a very cursor,
mouse, trackpad oriented place. You click on things. You double click on things. You drag and drop things. But you can actually do everything using the
keyboard. In fact knowing the keyboard shortcuts for
things can really help speedup your navigation doing a combination of using the cursor and
the keyboard for things. So let’s take a look at navigating around
here in the Finder without using the trackpad at all. Here I am in my Documents folder. Notice nothing is even selected. But if I were to use my arrow keys, let’s
say the right arrow, it instantly decides it’s going to select the very first item since
nothing has been selected so far. I can move around using the arrow keys. So I can jump to just about any item here
in Icon view using arrows. Now without clicking how can I get into a
folder? Well all I need to do to dive into a folder,
let’s say this Docs folder here, is I use Command and down and that jumps down into
the currently selected folder. If I want to go back up a level, even with
nothing selected because I don’t need anything selected to go up, I do Command up and I go
back up a level. That’s pretty easy to do. Now let’s say I want to go and dive down into
a folder, so I do Command down, and let’s say I want to view in another way. I don’t want to use the Icon view. If you look here under View you can see Icons,
List, Columns, Cover Flow all have keyboard shortcuts. Command 1 through 4. So let’s use those. I’ll do Command 2 to change to List View. Nothing is selected but if I do the down arrow
you see it immediately selects the first item and I can use the down arrow to go between
items. Now it would be nice to open this folder. I can do Command and then down to jump into
it and Command up to go back. But what if I wanted to actually open up that
folder like you normally would by clicking on this little triangle here. I can do Command right and it opens it up
and left will close it. So you can navigate around in List View efficiently
as well. How about Column View? Let’s do Command 3 to get to Column View. You can see not only can I go up and down
with the arrow keys but I can go to the right and to the left with arrow keys as well. So you can get around that way. So you can move around as much as you want
and jump between modes using the keyboard. You can also select multiple items if you
want but holding the Shift key. So here I am at the very first item. Shift to the right and I select multiple items. I can move over here, Shift and select multiple
items as well. Now when you want to open a file the keyboard
shortcut for that is Command O. So you can open a file and it will open up
in the application that it was meant to by simply using Command O. You can also rename
any file by hitting the return key and it instantly goes into Edit mode for the name. Then return again will exit the Edit mode
for the name of that item selected. Now if you want to jump to somewhere else
you can use a lot of keyboard shortcuts that are here under the Go menu. For instance, if you wanted to go to Recents,
it’s Shift Command F. So let’s try that. Shift Command F and you go to Recents. Then I can use the arrow keys and get along
in there. Under Go you can see other things. Fo instance you can see other things. Downloads folder. The Home folder. You main Computer level. iCloud Drive. Applications folder. They all have keyboard shortcuts. If you want to get anywhere you can use Go
To Folder. Shift Command G. So let’s try that. Shift Command G. It brings up this Go To Folder entry here. If I type the name of a folder, let’s say
like music, it won’t find it that way. So I have to give it a full path. So you’d think I’d have to give this long
path from the root level. But I don’t have to do that because I can
use the ~ character which on American keyboards is just below the Escape key. It’s Shift and then that key there~. Then slash. ~/, those two characters, represent my Home
folder. So if I want to say my Home folder slash music
I can go there. It jumps to that folder. So I can, for instance, get to my Home folder’s
document folder by Command Shift G and then ~/ documents, I don’t need to worry about
capitalization, and it will jump to that folder as well. Better still, if I do Command Shift G and
I down arrow it will give me a list of recent ones that I’ve selected. So I could just down arrow to that, hit return,
and jump to it. So I don’t have to keep retyping the same
one over and over again. If it’s one I’m using all the time it’s going
to appear on that list and it will be just a few keyboard taps away.

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