Mac Productivity

The Finder Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Mac

Akshata Shanbhag 05-10-2019

Your Mac desktop’s Finder app is a hub of constant activity. You use the app, for starters, to install and launch apps, preview files, organize, back up and share your data.


Given that Finder comes in handy in so many ways, learning how to navigate it faster is sure to boost your productivity. And that’s where this cheat sheet comes in. It shows you how to take care of various Finder tasks mostly without taking your hands of the keyboard.

If you’re new to Finder, take a detour through our Finder tips for macOS newbies and top tips for using Finder efficiently before you explore the shortcuts below.

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The Finder Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Mac

Basic Finder Actions
Cmd + NOpen new window
Cmd + TOpen new tab
Cmd + WClose active window
¹Close active tab
Shift + Cmd + W¹Close active window
Option + Cmd + WClose all windows
¹Close all tabs except the active tab
Option + Shift + Cmd + W¹Close all windows
Cmd + OOpen selected item(s)
Option + Cmd + OOpen selected item(s) and close active window or ¹active tab
Shift + Cmd + NCreate new folder
Control + Cmd + NCreate new folder and move selected item to it
Cmd + IShow Get Info pane for selected item(s)
Option + Cmd + IShow Inspector pane for selected item(s)
Cmd + POpen selected file for printing
EnterRename selected item
Cmd + CCopy selected item(s) to clipboard
Option + Cmd + C²Copy pathname of selected item to clipboard
Cmd VPaste item(s) from clipboard
Option + Cmd + VMove selected item(s) to active location i.e. cut-paste item(s)
Cmd + ZUndo last action
Shift + Cmd + ZReverse “Undo action”
Cmd + DDuplicated selected item(s)
Control + Cmd + ACreate alias for selected item(s)
Option+ Control + Cmd + ALocate original item for selected alias(es)
³SpaceOpen Quick Look preview of selected item(s)
³Cmd + YOpen Quick Look preview of selected item(s)
³Option + Cmd + YOpen slideshow or fullscreen Quick Look preview of selected item(s)
Control + Cmd + TAdd sidebar shortcuts for selected item(s)
Control + Shift + Cmd + TAdd selected item(s) to Dock
Cmd + DeleteMove selected item(s) to Trash
Option + Cmd + DeleteDelete selected item(s) immediately
Shift + Cmd + DeleteEmpty Trash
Option + Shift + Cmd + DeleteEmpty Trash immediately i.e. without warning dialog
Cmd + EEject the selected disk or volume
Cmd + FOpen a Finder search window (search bar is activated automatically)
Option + Cmd + SpaceOpen a Finder search window even when Finder is not active
View and Sort Options
Cmd + 1Switch to Icon view
Cmd + 2Switch to List view
Cmd + 3Switch to Column view
Cmd + 4Switch to Gallery view
Control + Cmd + 0⁴Sort items into Groups
Control + Option + Cmd + 0Sort items by None
Control + Option + Cmd + 1Sort items by Name
Control + Option + Cmd + 2Sort items by Kind
Control + Option + Cmd + 3Sort items by Date Last Opened
Control + Option + Cmd + 4Sort items by Date Added
Control + Option + Cmd + 5Sort items by Modified
Control + Option + Cmd + 6Sort items by Size
Control + Option + Cmd + 7Sort items by Tags
Option + Cmd + 1Clean up items by Name
Option + Cmd + 2Clean up items by Kind
Option + Cmd + 5Clean up items by Date Modified
Option + Cmd + 6Clean up items by Size
Option + Cmd + 7Clean up items by Tags
Option + Cmd + SToggle sidebar
Option + Cmd + TToggle toolbar and sidebar
Shift + Cmd + TToggle tab bar
Option + Cmd + PToggle path bar
Shift + Cmd + PToggle Preview sidebar
Cmd + / (Forward slash)Toggle status bar
Cmd + JShow View options for active folder
Shift + Cmd + . (Period)Toggle visibility of hidden files
Up ArrowIcon View, Gallery View: Select last item
List View: Select item above
Column View: Select last item if no item selected, otherwise select item above
Down ArrowIcon View, Gallery View: Select first item
List View: Select item below
Column View: Select first item if no item selected, otherwise select item below
Left ArrowIcon View: Select item on the left
List View: Collapse folder
Column View: Select parent folder
Gallery View: Select last item if no item selected, otherwise select first item on the left
Right ArrowIcon View: Select item on the right
List View: Expand folder
Column View: Select child item
Gallery View: Select first item if no item selected, otherwise select first item on the right
TabIcon, List, and Gallery View: Cycle through items in the forward direction
Shift + TabIcon, List, and Gallery View: Cycle through items in the backward direction
Cmd + Up ArrowOpen enclosing (parent) folder
Cmd + Down ArrowSelect first item or open selected item(s)
⁵Cmd + [Go one step backward
⁵Cmd + ]Go one step forward
Accessing Standard Finder Locations
Shift + Cmd + FOpen Recents window
Shift + Cmd + OOpen Documents folder
Shift + Cmd + DOpen Desktop folder
Option + Cmd + LOpen Downloads folder
Shift + Cmd + HOpen Home folder of current user account
Shift + Cmd + COpen Computer window
Shift + Cmd + ROpen AirDrop window
Shift + Cmd + KOpen Network window
Shift + Cmd + IOpen iCloud Drive
Shift + Cmd + AOpen Applications folder
Shift + Cmd + UOpen Utilities folder
Shift + Cmd + GOpen dialog to jump to folder using pathname
Cmd + KOpen Connect to Server utility
Cmd + , (Comma)Open Finder preferences
Window Management
Cmd + MMinimize active window
Option + Cmd + MMinimize all windows
Cmd + ` (Backquote)Cycle through (unminimized) windows
Cmd + HHide Finder
Option + Cmd + HHide all apps except Finder
Cmd + QQuit Finder
Mouse-Based Shortcuts
Cmd-ClickOpen sidebar item in new tab or window
Cmd-Drag Toolbar/Sidebar ItemAdd item to or move/remove item from toolbar/sidebar
Cmd-Drag File/FolderTo toolbar/sidebar: Add a shortcut
To any location on disk: Move item there
EscCancel drag-and-drop action midway
Double-click divider in Column ViewResize corresponding column to fit item with longest name
Option + Double-Click divider in Column ViewResize all columns to fit items with the longest name in each
Option-Drag divider in Column ViewResize columns equally
Option-Click Go MenuReveal link to Library folder
¹When window has multiple tabs
²If multiple items are selected, pathname of first item will be copied.
³If no item selected, preview parent folder with Quick Look.
⁴Does not work in Gallery View.
⁵Based on tab/window history

There’s a Lot More to Discover in Finder!

Our Finder tips don’t end here. We can also help you find your files quicker with tags, complete various macOS tasks with Finder’s Quick Actions, and discover hidden features.


Speaking of hidden features, did you notice that many of the keyboard shortcuts above are secret Option key shortcuts 20 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with the Mac Option Key The Command steals the limelight on your Mac's keyboard, but it’s the Option key that is the real hero. Read More ?

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