When I’m working on a project or a longer blog post, I tend to open certain files over and over again. While you can open recently-opened files from the File menu of most application (File ➪ Open Recent) using the mouse, I prefer to use a keyboard shortcut.
To do so, launch the Applicaiton Switcher by pressing the ⌘ + Tab keystroke combination. Press and release the Tab key until the desired application is highlighted. Then, press the Up Arrow key (↑) on your keyboard. A list of recently-opened documents for that application is then displayed in a cover-flow view. Use the right and left arrow keys to navigate the list. Once you find the file you want to open, press Return or Enter.
Quick Guide: Access Recently-Opened Files using your Keyboard
- Activate the Applicaiton Switcher by pressing the ⌘ + ⇥ (Command + Tab) keystroke combination.
- With the ⌘ key held down, press and release the Tab key until the desired applicaiton is highlighted.
- Press the ↑ key on your keyboard.
- Press the ← or → keys on your keboard to navigate the recently-opened file list. The currently selected file is highlighted in blue.
- Once the file you wish to open is highlighted, press Return or Enter.
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