Finder Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac

Finder is an application in macOS used for exploring files, folders and documents. This is equivalent to Windows File Explorer in Windows 10. So it is important to understand the basics and keyboard shortcuts to improve your productivity on Mac. For example, you can press “Command + T” to open new tab in Finder or press “Command + W” to close a single tab Finder window.

Below is a complete list of Finder keyboard shortcuts for Mac. Use the search box to filter the results.

Shortcut KeysPurpose
Command + 1View as icons
Command + 2View as list
Command + 3View as columns
Command + 4View as gallery
Command + ,Open Finder preferences
Command + /Show status bar at the bottom of Finder
Command + [Go back to previous window
Command + ]Go forward to next window
Command + `Cycle through all open Finder windows
Command + ASelect all
Command + CCopy the selected item to clipboard
Command + Control + 0View as groups
Command + Control + 1Group by name
Command + Control + 2Group by kind
Command + Control + 3Group by date last opened
Command + Control + 4Group by date added
Command + Control + 5Group by date modified
Command + Control + 6Group by size
Command + Control + 7Group by tags
Command + Control + ACreate shortcut or alias to the selected file or folder.
Command + Control + FOpen Finder in full screen, you can use the shortcuts to toggle.
Command + Control + NCreate new folder with the selected items. It will move the selected items to a new folder named as “New Folder With Items”. Press “Command + Z” to redo the action and put the file(s) back to original location.
Command + Control + Option + AShow original
Command + Control + SpacebarOpen Character Viewer to insert emojis and symbols.
Command + Control + TAdd select file or folder to Finder sidebar. You can then right click on the item and remove from the sidebar.
Command + DDuplicate a selected file or folder. New file or folder will be created with a name “original name copy”.
Command + DeleteMove the selected item to Trash.
Command + DeleteDelete and send the items to Trash
Command + Down ArrowOpen selected item
Command + EEject the external drive, if connected.
Command + FOpen search or find options within Finder.
Command + HHide Finder when multiple windows are open
Command + IOpen “Get Info” dialog box to get the properties of the selected file or folder.
Command + JShow view options for customizing Finder view
Command + KOpen “Connect to Server” dialog
Command + LRotate the selected image preview to left.
Command + MMinimize Finder
Command + NOpen new Finder windows
Command + OOpen selected file with default application. You can also select multiple files of different types.
Command + Option + CCopy desktop pathname to clipboard
Command + Option + FFocus search box in Finder
Command + Option + LGo to Downloads folder
Command + Option + PShow path bar at the bottom
Command + Option + RRotate the selected image preview to left.
Command + Option + SShow or hide sidebar
Command + Option + SpacebarOpen Finder search, this works on all applications.
Command + Option + TShow or hide toolbar and sidebar, works only on one tab.
Command + Option + VMove the file from clipboard from original location to current path
Command + Option + YView Quick Look slideshow of selected items
Command + PPrint the selected item, you should have a printer connected to your Mac.
Command + RRotate the selected image preview to right
Command + Shift + 3Save screenshot of full screen
Command + Shift + 4Save selected portion as screenshot
Command + Shift + 5Open Screenshot app
Command + Shift + \Show all tabs with an option to open a new tab
Command + Shift + AGo to Applications folder
Command + Shift + CGo to Computer
Command + Shift + Control + 3Copy full screen view to clipboard
Command + Shift + Control + 4Copy selected portion to clipboard
Command + Shift + Control + TAdd selected item to dock, you can right click and remove from dock from “Options”.
Command + Shift + DGo to Desktop folder
Command + Shift + DeleteEmpty Trash with confirmation
Command + Shift + FGo to Recents folder
Command + Shift + GOpen “Go to the folder” dialog
Command + Shift + HHide all other open applications except Finder
Command + Shift + HGo to Home folder
Command + Shift + IGo to iCloud Drive
Command + Shift + KGo to Network folder
Command + Shift + LGo to Library folder
Command + Shift + Left ArrowShow next tab
Command + Shift + NCreate new folder with the name as “untitled folder”.
Command + Shift + OGo to Documents folder
Command + Shift + Option + DeleteEmpty Trash without confirmation
Command + Shift + PShow or hide preview of selected item
Command + Shift + RGo to AirDrop
Command + Shift + Right ArrowShow previous tab
Command + Shift + TShow tab bar on single tab
Command + Shift + UGo to Utilities folder
Command + Shift + Up ArrowOpen startup disk
Command + Shift + WClose Finder, with single or multiple tabs.
Command + Shift + ZRedo the last action
Command + TOpen new tab
Command + Up ArrowOpen enclosing folder, useful to find original path of items in Recents folder.
Command + VPaste the item from clipboard
Command + WClose the current tab of Finder
Command + XCut the selected item to clipboard
Command + YOpen Quick Look to preview the selected item
Command + ZUndo the last action
Control + Shift + TabShow previous tab
Control + TabShow next tab
EnterRename the selected item
Function + FunctionStart dictation, not useful in Finder. You should open a text file to start the typing with voice dictation.
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