The title of this post isn’t exactly accurate. I’ll be the first to admit it’s a little misleading. Well, maybe more than a little. In fact, the title is a dissembling of epic proportion. But the SPIRIT of the title is alive and well in this mini-tutorial and, if you can believe that, you can follow along with the rest of this tutorial.
Typically when a user new to Mac OS’s UNIX layer needs to open a directory in Terminal, he or she will type cd and drag-and-drop the folder of interest onto the Terminal window. Like this
The High-Overhead Way
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Open Terminal Here, available on Mark Liyanage’s AppleScript Projects page, helps reduce this needless overhead. Download and unzip OpenTerminalHere.app and place it somewhere appropriate, like ~/Library/Scripts/. Combined with keyboard shortcut software, opening a Terminal window to any folder is now a matter of using Finder to navigate and pressing a single keyboard shortcut!1
The Mac-UNIX Head Way
Compare the methods in a side-by-side time trial.