Switch to Desktop folder when Finder activates

Looking to have the Desktop folder switched to if it is not the current frontmost Finder window when I switch to the Finder from another app.

Tried the macro below with no luck. It's in the Global Macro Group.

Switch to Desktop folder when Finder activates


What's the trigger on the macro? Just putting it in the Global Macro group won't make it run. This macro seems to work for me:

Download Macro(s): Switch to Desktop.kmmacros (2.7 KB)

Macro screenshot

Macro notes
  • Macros are always disabled when imported into the Keyboard Maestro Editor.
    • The user must ensure the macro is enabled.
    • The user must also ensure the macro's parent macro-group is enabled.
System information
  • macOS 14.4.1
  • Keyboard Maestro v11.0.2


I don't think you need the "frontmost window" test in either case -- for me, if "Desktop" is already the frontmost window the "Open" action does nothing, and if a "Desktop" window is already open but not frontmost the action activates the already-existing window. It doesn't just keep spawning extra "Desktop" windows unnecessarily.


Oops :man_facepalming:

Thank you

Thank you.

This answers why I've gotten spawning windows over the years. That's helpful.