The Daily Tip: New Folder from Selected Items

Amazon is now an Authorized Apple Reseller!. Current models, older models, refurbished models-- now you are assured of getting genuine Apple products when you shop at Amazon. Check it out.
Use this link (note: sales via this link may generate a commission to Christian Boyce, from Amazon.

I see a lot of Macs in a day and most of them have a giant mess of files on their desktops. Cleaning things up, for most people, is a four-step process:

  1. Make a new folder
  2. Select the files you want to drag to the new folder
  3. Realize you can’t find the new folder because now there’s even more clutter
  4. Give up

There is a better way. It goes like this:

  1. Select the items that you want to put into a folder (use the Shift-click technique)
  2. Choose “New Folder with Selection” from the Finder’s File menu.
  3. There is no step 3! You’re done.

Here’s a little video demonstration. Click the picture below to start the movie.


This feature arrived in Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and it’s still present in 10.8 (Mountain Lion). I use it all the time. So will you.

Did this article help you? Maybe you'd like to contribute to the Christian Boyce coffee fund.

Got 60 seconds? Learn something about the Mac on my
One-Minute Macman website!

Also visit my iPhone In a Minute website!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.