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Activate a Finder window with the keyboard Desktop
The new global "command+h" shortcut means that I regularly switch to the Finder without clicking on a Finder window. This often results in my being presented with a Finder window which is not active.

Not wanting to have to reach for the mouse, I wanted a keyboard shortcut that would make the frontmost finder window active. There does not appear to be a built-in shortcut for this purpose. However, I found the the following achieves the desired effect:

"command+~" (tilde) followed by "esc"

It's not rocket science but it's handy.
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There's no shift key
Authored by: lavar78 on Mar 29, '02 01:01:56PM

Just in case anyone's confused, it's actually cmd+`, not cmd+~ (which would involve using the shift key).



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There's no shift key
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Mar 30, '02 07:34:15PM

These don't work if you have another application in front, like IE or Mozilla. Command-+ wil make your fonts bigger and Command-~ cycles browser windows.

What I do miss is in OS X 10.0, clicking on the Finder's icon in the Dock would open a new Finder window, even if one was open. Now it just brings the Finder to the front. :(



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There's no shift key
Authored by: rocasa on Apr 12, '02 01:18:23AM

The only way now, I think, is to buy Quickeys and set a shortcut with that action



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Show all windows
Authored by: aranor on Mar 29, '02 02:40:41PM

There really should be a command-key shortcut for the Bring All to Front menu in the Window menu. That's a useful menu that simply bugged me because it didn't have a command-key shortcut. Of course, the other way than that menuitem to achieve that effect is click on the dock icon, which is faster because it requires less clicks, except some apps react to dock clicks. Oh well.



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command-option-h
Authored by: electricibook on Mar 30, '02 12:01:54AM

after switching to finder using command-h, press command-option-h to bring up a 'home' finder window or command-option-c to bring up a 'computer' finder window



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command-option-h
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Mar 30, '02 07:42:16PM

Command-H just hides the font application, it doesn't switch you to the Finder. Depending on what application you had in front last, if you have seven applications open, you might have to hide each one before you get to the Finder. Then you have to unhide them, which also doesn't have a shortcut.

A global shortcut to bring the Finder to the front would be nice however, but there isn't one as far as I can tell. One mouse click to the dock works fine though. :)



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The issue of keyboard layouts...
Authored by: bankmann@mac.com on Apr 11, '02 02:26:01AM

This a constant source of annoyance for me when it comes to keyboard shortcuts; except for the 26 common 'English' letters, QUERTY keyboards differ from country to country. The Norwegian keyboard is different from the US English is different from the UK English is different from the Swedish is different from the German... and so on...

Not to mention the difference from PC, SUN and terminal keyboards...

*sigh*

Now, does anyone know the shortcuts for the Norwegian keyboard, or where I could find this information? [I guess I should point out that I allready know the shortcuts for copying, cutting, pasting and so on... ;-)]


Bankmann



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Shortcut to Finder
Authored by: rocasa on Apr 12, '02 01:31:02AM

The only way now, I think, is to buy Quickeys and set a shortcut with that action



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