The Daily Tip: New Folder from Selected Items

Updated April 12th, 2016.

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.

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