Quick Tip: Command+Click a Title Bar to Show Root Directory


Yeah, that title doesn’t make much sense, does it? Let me explain. I stumbled upon this trick a while ago when I was moving a background Safari window by holding down the command key while dragging. I hit the title of a Safari window, and a popup sprung up showing me a directory list. So, if you command+click a Safari title bar, you get a directory list going back to the root of the site you’re on, like in the image below:

This also works in the Finder:

So, how is this useful? Well, say you’re really deep in the hierarchy of a website and the designer of the website hasn’t provided a link back to the homepage. Rather than clicking the back button a bunch of times, you can just command+click the title bar and scroll down to the root, which is a lot faster.

You probably won’t need to use this that often, but it’s still a neat trick to learn, and, as far as I know, this only works in Safari and Finder. If you know of any other applications where this works, tell us in the comments.


Mark Darling

Knew this worked in Finder, but not Safari too. For these that can’t get it to work, ensure you are CMD clicking the Title bar, not the URL bar.

Chris Hart

In situations where right-click doesn’t work for this tip, use the Control key on the keyboard to accomplish a ctrl-click.

Charles E

Ooh, that’s a really good tip. I knew about the similar function in the Finder but it never occurred to me to try it elsewhere where it might function analogously. That’s the brilliance of the Mac, these sorts of hidden gems are scattered around, you just have to look close and pick them up.

I used to use this function in the Finder without thinking about it when I worked on other peoples’ Macs, invariably they’d say, “woah, waitaminute, what the hell did you just do there?!?” I’d explain the function and they were blown away.

Miraz Jordan

This works in most document-based applications – try it in BBEdit, OmniOutliner, many web browsers, for example.

Mrgann: thanks for the link through to my Tip about the Proxy Icon. The Proxy Icon is particularly handy for eg opening an HTML file you’re working on in a text editor into a web browser. Drag the Proxy Icon from the saved text document into a web browser window.


An easier way to achieve this is to just right-click on the same title bars, it does the same thing both in safari and finder.

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