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Old 11-14-2009, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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On my Mac (iBook G4 10.4) when I highlight something and hit enter, I'd like it to, you know, open the file. But it doesn't. Hitting "enter" on a highlighted key is like hitting F2 on Windows/*Nix - it allows me to rename the file.

Can I change it so enter opens the file/folder?
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Hi,

The freeware program ReturnOpen can help you out here. I haven't tried it out myself though, as I've gotten used to hitting cmd + O to open files.
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I need a 3rd party app to make my Mac open stuff by hitting enter when I highlight them? o.O
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Hi,

That's what OpenReturn does...

The software author writes: 'Did you recently switch from Windows to Mac? Are you sick and tired of the fact that every time you hit the Return Key to open a file or folder you're prompted to rename it instead? Hate having to hit two keys to open a file? ME TOO! That's why I made ReturnOpen!'

Just to clarify if you're not sure, if you highlight a file or folder, then hit command + O on the keyboard, it will open the file or folder.
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can't you just double click?
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can't you just double click?
Well.. um... yeah... but that's not the point. Point is this is a laptop, and touchpads drive me insane. I love using the keyboard and keyboard shortcuts as much as I can.

I just didn't expect I'd need a 3rd party app to make selecting items more sensible. :/
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Hi,

It's just the way it is on a Mac. I suppose it would be nice if Apple allowed users to change it in system preferences.
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It's just the way it is on a Mac. I suppose it would be nice if Apple allowed users to change it in system preferences.
Yeah, it would be.
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