How to Open Finder with a Keyboard Shortcut on Mac

The Apple macOS logo.

File management is essential on a Mac. Sometimes you may need to quickly access the Finder when using another application. Fortunately, you can open Finder from anywhere in macOS with a simple global command.

If you want to quickly open Finder, just press Option + Command + Space. This opens the “Search on this Mac” window.

Apple has designed this window for quick file searches. in the macOS shortcut settings, this is officially the “Finder search window”. As part of the Finder, you can use its sidebar and toolbars as if it were a regular Finder window.

When you call the Finder search window, the Finder becomes the active application. From there, you can press Command + N to open a normal Finder window.

A Finder window in macOS.

If you want to go further, you can use a third-party shortcut manager, such as Mercury or Spark, to create a keyboard shortcut that will open a normal Finder window.

You can also create an Open Finder shortcut in Automator. This discussion on guides you through the process.

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