How to Go to a Folder with a Mac Finder Shortcut

Use the "Go to Folder" Mac Shortcut

Need to open a folder and care not for clicking repeatedly or hunting down names? Find out here how to go to folders fast using the Mac Go to Folder shortcut Command Shift G” (and others like it, even open hidden folders) in macOS Finder.

First, If the Weight of the World Pushes a Train

If the weight of the world pushes a train, it needs no engine to propel the wheels.

This is the idea behind Brunel’s adoptation of the wonderfully named “atmospheric engine” for railways: as one evacuates the tunnel in front of a train, the air pressure pushes that train forward—without a heavy engine or coal, and very, very fast.

Speaking of fast… how about pushing macOS Finder to go places very, very fast—without heavy mouse clicks or searching?

How to Use the “Go to Folder” (Path) Finder Shortcut on a Mac

Time needed: 1 minute

To go to a specific folder quickly on a Mac using macOS Finder:

  1. Open a new Finder window or tab.

    Open Finder shortcut: You can set up a keyboard shortcut on your Mac for opening Finder.

  2. Press Command Shift G.

  3. Now type the folder you want to open.

    Home shortcut: Type ~ for your home folder.
    Folder name auto-completion: Press Tab to complete a folder name. Wait for a selection of auto-completions to appear and select one.
    Copy and paste: You can also paste a folder path, of course.
    Open hidden folders: To go to a hidden folder, type its name; Finder will even auto-complete (hidden) folders that start with a dot.

  4. Press Enter.

    Use “Go to Folder” in Finder and open a folder path on a Mac

A place to go: How to Create a New Folder on a Mac

Navigate to Adjacent Folders using Shortcuts

To navigate to neighboring folders, use the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Up one folder level to the one that holds the current one: Command 
  • Back in the browsing history to the previously open folder: Command [
  • Forward in the browsing history to the next folder: Command ]
  • Move the folder highlight: , , and
  • Open the currently highlighted folder: Command O

Open Popular Folders Fast with Finder Shortcuts

Finder also knows a host of keyboard shortcuts that take you straight to many an oft-used folder:

AirDrop Command Shift A
Applications/ApplicationsCommand Shift A
Computer Command Shift C
Desktop~/DesktopCommand Shift D
Documents~/DocumentsCommand Shift O
Downloads~/DownloadsCommand Option L
Home~Command Shift H
iCloud Drive Command Shift I
Network Command Shift K
Recents/System/…/myDocuments.cannedSearchCommand Shift F
Utilities/Applications/UtilitiesCommand Shift U

How to Go to a Folder Fast on a Mac (Keyboard Shortcut): FAQ

How can I go to a hidden folder in Mac Finder with “Command Shift G”?

To open a hidden folder fast in macOS Finder:

  1. Press Command Shift G.
  2. Type the path up to the hidden folder.
  3. Now type . (a dot).
    Full path: You can, of course, also type or paste the entire path right away.
  4. Press Tab to have Finder auto-complete the folder name.
  5. Now press Enter.
    macOS Finder lets you open hidden folders with auto-completion

Is there a “Home” Shortcut for Mac Finder?


To go to your account’s “Home” folder (which contains Downloads, Documents, Pictures, and other directories stored locally on your Mac) fast:

  • Press Command Shift H.

(How to use the “Go to Folder” Finder shortcut on a Mac tested with macOS Sonoma 14.2, Ventura 13.3, Monterey 12.3, and Big Sur 11.5; updated January 2024)

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