Win­dows can, so why can’t OS X?

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Is there a sim­ple key­board short­cut to open a new Finder win­dow? I dimly re­mem­ber from my Win­dows 7 days that I could press the Win­dows key and E to open Win­dows Ex­plorer. Shane Collins

If Finder is al­ready the fore­ground ap­pli­ca­tion, you can press ç+n to open a new win­dow, but I guess you are look­ing for a way to do this even when you have an­other ap­pli­ca­tion ac­tive. OS X doesn’t have an equiv­a­lent to press­ing the Win­dows key and e in Mi­crosoft’s OS, but you can hold ç and press † to cy­cle through ap­pli­ca­tions to Finder quite quickly. If you want to do it in a sin­gle key­stroke, you can use Au­toma­tor.

Cre­ate a Ser­vice doc­u­ment, set it to re­ceive no in­put and to work in any ap­pli­ca­tion. Add the Launch Ap­pli­ca­tion ac­tion. Finder isn’t in its drop-down list of apps, so browse to Sys­tem/Li­brary/Core Ser­vices in a Finder win­dow and drag it onto the drop-down.

Finder can’t launch if it al­ready has a win­dow open. To han­dle that, add the Get Spec­i­fied Finder Items ac­tion. Set it to the folder to open, then add the Re­veal Finder Items ac­tion. Save this ser­vice and give it a short­cut in Key­board pref­er­ences.

Al­ter­na­tively, Key­board Mae­stro (about £28 from key­board­mae­, en­ables you to set a global Finder short­cut, along with pro­vid­ing many other fea­tures.

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