Creating Macro to Bring Up the Finder on a Mac

On my previous automation app Quickeys I had a macro that would open the Finder window.

Since switching to Keyboard Maestro I can't figure out how to build a macro to do that.

I've looked through every macro option and nothing stands out.

Any suggestions?

I assume that's what you mean. :slightly_smiling_face:

Here is another option if the goal is to open a specific Finder folder no matter what app is currently frontmost:

Hey @Observer,

Searching the Forum often pays dividends...

Forum search:

Search results for 'open finder' - Keyboard Maestro Discourse

Google site search:

open finder site: - Google Search

And don't forget the Keyboard Maestro Wiki – although it can sometimes be difficult to find things until you know generally what to search for.

Take Care,

(Keyboard Maestro Moderator)

My approach looks like this…

It calls up the Finder, hides all other running applications and opens a Palette with my most important locations like the sidebar favourites in a Finder window.

The Palette entries were created to open the new window in a dedicated position on the screen.


Thank you for showing me the 'Set between actions delay' action. Did not know it existed.

Seems like I should study the action list in the wiki, again!!

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You're welcome, @Steve_E.

Don't worry, I also learned this from forum examples after years of living without it. :wink:

Now it became a kind of standard in the biggest portion of my macros because it makes them more reliable in many cases.


I used to have a nicely formatted, searchable list of all KM Actions, Text-Tokens, and Functions in a BBEdit document (readily available via a keyboard shortcut).

I had an AppleScript that would harvest all that information from the Keyboard Maestro Editor's menus, and I had to update it when Keyboard Maestro's version got bumped.

But then Peter built the Insert-(Action, Token, Function, Variable)-By-Name capabilities into the Keyboard Maestro Editor.

So now when I'm looking for something I'm not familiar with I pop one of those up and start fishing.

When I know more or less what I'm looking for it's all that much easier.

These days I rarely use the Actions Inspector Panel in the Keyboard Maestro Editor (Actions > Show Actions ⌘K), but now and then its divided categories of actions come in handy.

I also have access to the Search Menu in the Keyboard Maestro Editor's Help Menu, and that occasionally gets me where I want to go a bit faster. (β‡§βŒ˜?)

If I still can't find what I'm looking for then I move on to searching the Keyboard Maestro Wiki and the Keyboard Maestro Forum.