5 Essential Finder Navigation Shortcuts for Music Producers

 In TSM Studio Blog

As a music producer, there can be few things more frustrating than constantly navigating down deep file paths and knowing that there’s a faster way to reach the finish line. Within this blog article I’ll be showing you some Finder navigation key commands that can instantly improve your productivity, workflow and ease of access.

  1. Open New Finder Tab under the same File Hierarchy: Control-Command-O

If you’re the type of person that has an organized file hierarchy that often takes at least 5-10 clicks just to get from a new Finder tab to your frequently visited file path, this command is a lifesaver. For example, if you find yourself repetitiously going back to the same sub-folder and require another tab to move files around than this key command will enable you to immediately pull up a new tab that you can drag-and-drop between. I find this key command especially useful while working in FL Studio. When mixer tracks are split to create stems, FL Studio’s export feature will create a “Master” and a “Current” track in the specified format that you’ve selected. Rather than bouncing stems and mixes separately, you can utilize this key command to bring up the location of your initial stem export and drag either the “Current” or “Master” track to your desired bounce folder. This can save precious time if you’re in a recording session and need to quickly export track stems or an instrumental with a single export.

  1. Open New Finder Window: Command-N

Opening new Finder windows will undoubtedly be one of the most used key commands in your arsenal. The ability to quickly drag and drop files between hard drives and miscellaneous file paths will immediately lead to greater output and efficiency. Being able to view multiple folder sub-paths from separate windows is another advantage for the stressed out and scatterbrained producer working across multiple projects.

  1. Create New Folder: Shift-Command-N 

This is another key command that will inevitably become one of the more frequently used in your toolkit as you become comfortable with it. It’s far too often that we’re dealing with multiple folders and files only to come to the conclusion that compartmentalizing all of them into a single, master folder is the most organized way to proceed.

  1. Delete Selected Folder or File: Command-Delete

If you’re anything like me, your goal when working on a computer is to spend less time with the mouse and more time optimizing the use of your keyboard. Admittedly, you could right click your selected files and select “Move to Trash”, but why not hasten the process by utilizing this key command to quickly move through your to-do list and organize your files faster?

  1. Open/Close selected File or Folder path: Command-Down Arrow / Command-Up Arrow

This key command can be considered supplementary as its efficiency will depend on how comfortable you feel navigating entirely with a keyboard instead of a mouse, but nonetheless I believe you will find yourself working considerably faster once you develop the muscle memory. On the other hand, in the event that your mouse is acting up, it never hurts to be able to fall back on a key command to get the job done.

Bonus: Empty Trash Can: Shift-Command-Delete

This bonus key command can be highly useful for those who sift through large amounts of media on a frequent basis. For most users this key command may be used seldom, however it’s useful to keep in your back pocket.