Part 2 - More Specific Examples of Option Key Magic
OK, time to get take a look at more specific examples. I now present you with a list of only a few of the best hidden goodies found by engaging the Option key. Keep in mind that this is not an all-inclusive list. It’s up to you to explore. And, guess what? Even after all these years, I will occasionally stumble upon a hidden Option key gem that I never knew existed.
Option Key Shortcuts in Finder
- Under the Apple menu, Option bypasses About This Mac and goes directly to System Information.
- Under the Finder menu, Option bypasses the Empty Trash confirmation dialog. This is evident by the disappearance of the ellipsis with the press of the Option key.
- Under the File menu, Option changes Close to Close All. Duplicate changes to Save As. The venerable Show Info changes to the often useful Show Inspector. Tip: Also try the Control key, and Option-Control combination while in the File menu.
- Under the Edit menu, Option changes Select All to Deselect All. Paste changes to Move Items Here. This latter one is great for moving versus copying files in Finder.
- Under the View menu, Option changes Sort By to Arrange By.
- Under the Go menu, the normally hidden user Library folder appears.
- Under the Window folder, Option changes Minimize and Zoom to Minimize All and Zoom All.
- Specifying Default apps: Would you rather have a particular file open in a specific app instead of the default app when double-clicking the file in Finder? For example, by default, double-clicking a JPEG file opens it in Preview. Instead of doing the whole Get Info method, simply select the image file, and right-click to reveal the contextual menu. When adding the Option key to the mix, you will see the Open With item change to Always Open With. You select the app you want, and from then on, that file will be opened by the app you specified.
- Disclosure Triangles in Finder file listings: If like me, you prefer viewing your files in List View while in Finder, here’s a neat Option shortcut for you. If a folder contains one or more nested folders, Option-clicking on the disclosure triangle in a closed position next to a folder will expand the folder’s file listing as well as those of all nested folders down the hierarchy. The reverse applies for quickly closing the clicked-on folder and all it’s nested folders.
Option-clicking provides added functionality when viewing files in the Finder’s List View
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