How to open items in the enclosing folder directly from a Spotlight search in macOS

There’s a keyboard shortcut and a few other hidden tricks.

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One might think after many years of Spotlight search being in macOS that there would be no new tricks. But a colleague on Twitter asked a reasonable question and many people chimed in with the same query: When viewing a list of results in a Spotlight search in the Finder, how do you jump to see the item in the context of its enclosing folder rather than just opening the file?

The answer is simple: hold down Command and press the Return key or press Command-R. You can also hold down Command and double-click the item in the results list.

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Spotlight can preview a path and open a file’s enclosing folder with Command key combinations.

Holding down Command by itself reveals the path to the file or folder without opening the enclosing folder.

You may already know one more: press Command-Option-spacebar, and a Finder window opens with the focus on the search field so you can just start typing.

This Mac 911 article is in response to a question submitted by Macworld reader Todd.

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