As a Windows power user I’m used to navigating around folders in Explorer with the keyboard – for example it can be a lot quicker to press ‘End’ to get to the last item in a folder followed by ‘Enter’ to open it, than to use a mouse to scroll through the folder and then double-click.
But what of Finder in macOS?
Keyboard navigation is possible, and even logical, once you know the keys to use!
For a Windows-bod, the first thing is to get your head around the different modifier keys:
- Command ⌘
- Shift ⇧
- Option ⌥
- Control ⌃
- Caps Lock ⇪
Once you know those, you can try some of the following:
|Command-N||Open a new Finder window.|
|Shift-Command-N||Create a new folder.|
|Command–Up Arrow||Open the folder that contains the current folder.|
|Command–Down Arrow||Open the selected item.|
|Command-Delete||Move the selected item to the Trash.|
|Shift-Command-Delete||Empty the Trash.|
|Option-Shift-Command-Delete||Empty the Trash without confirmation dialog.|
Of course there’re plenty more to learn, but I’ve found these a good place to start.
For more shortcuts take a look at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201236 and http://www.dummies.com/computers/macs/mac-operating-systems/mac-os-x-finder-keyboard-shortcuts-3/