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Open app and close Finder window via the keyboard Desktop
This may be common knowledge to some of you, but it's new to me so I'm gonna share it. If you open an application (it works with folders too, but it is kinda useless) using Command-Option-O instead of just Command-O, it opens the application then closes its containing window.

This is very handy if you press Command-Shift-A, then type the first letters of the app's name, then press Command-Option-O, because it doesn't require a quick Command-W to close the Applications window. I have not tested this with 10.2 but it works in 10.3.3.

[robg adds: This is the keyboard equivalent of option double-clicking to launch an app, which I know we've run before at some point...]
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Open app and close Finder window via the keyboard
Authored by: ngb on Jun 02, '04 11:36:11AM

I can confirm that this works with all versions of Mac OS X, as well as Mac OS 9.



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Open app and close Finder window via the keyboard
Authored by: The_Anakin on Jun 02, '04 11:47:52AM

There is another shortcut to open applications and files. It might be known to most of you, but it took me a while to discover it: pressing command-[down-arrow] has the same effect as command-o. This is a very convenient method to navigate through folder hierarchies: You just need command-[up-arrow / down-arrow], without reaching to the 'o'.

Don't know if this has been mentioned before, but command-[left/right-arrow] is the keyboard-shortcut for the back/forward-arrows in a Finder window.



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Open app and close Finder window via the keyboard
Authored by: dogboy on Jun 02, '04 11:52:41AM

And if you press cmd-option-down arrow, it opens the file and closes the window, too.



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Open app and close Finder window via the keyboard
Authored by: TvE on Jun 02, '04 11:54:34AM

If I recall correctly then these shortcuts have been around since at least OS 9 - and probably even before!



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Open app and close Finder window via the keyboard
Authored by: taran on Jun 02, '04 12:23:26PM

They've been there since at least System 7.1.



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Open app and close Finder window via the keyboard
Authored by: mattybinks on Jun 02, '04 12:27:28PM

I usually just command-shift-a to open the apps folder, then type the first few letters of the app and then hit option-command-down arrow and it simultaneously launches the app and closes the window.



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Open app and close Finder window via the keyboard
Authored by: cubixe on Jun 02, '04 12:59:15PM

If your main use of this hint is the cmd-shift-a, type some characters, then cmd-opt-o, then consider using a tool like Launchbar. hit cmd-space, type some characters to select an app, then enter.



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Open app and close Finder window via the keyboard
Authored by: Claruz on Jun 02, '04 01:47:05PM

And don't forget the briliant freeware app called Butler! I've been using it for a few months now and I has completely changes my work flow, for the better. Try it out :)



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Open app and close Finder window via the keyboard
Authored by: aranor on Jun 02, '04 03:36:33PM

Butler can't hold a candle to Quicksilver, especially not with the new plugin architechture introduced in ß25 (not yet available for public consumption)! ;)



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B/LB/QS comparison
Authored by: sjk on Jun 02, '04 10:38:19PM

Anyone know of a feature-comparison review of Butler, LaunchBar, and Quicksilver?



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B/LB/QS comparison
Authored by: mrturtle on Jun 03, '04 12:36:17AM

You can try <a href="http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2004/04/09/launchers.html">http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2004/04/09/launchers.html</a> for a brief comparison of Butler, Quicksilver, and Launchbar. Remember that all three are in flux right now.



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B/LB/QS comparison
Authored by: mrturtle on Jun 03, '04 12:36:34AM
You can try http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2004/04/09/launchers.html for a brief comparison of Butler, Quicksilver, and Launchbar. Remember that all three are in flux right now.

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B/LB/QS comparison
Authored by: jeremyrh on Jun 03, '04 07:46:54AM

According to my not-very-scientific study LB is much faster than B. I read rave reviews of B but was disappointed in practice.



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Open app and close Finder window via the keyboard
Authored by: adrianm on Jun 03, '04 02:18:19AM

Also, option clicking another app causes the current app to be hidden.
Not really a hint though - this has been part of Mac OS for ages.



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