Create a New Folder Containing Selected Items in Mac OS X
You can now select any number of files from the Mac OS X desktop or a folder and create a new folder containing those selected items.
This is a wildly useful Finder trick for file management and organization, since you can quickly group a collection of files by selecting however many you want to within Finder, then quickly create a folder containing only those selected files or folders.
Making new directories of chosen files is super easy on the Mac, we’ll show you three different methods to create new folders containing selected files (or folders) within Finder on Mac OS.
How to Create a New Folder of Selected Files on Mac
- Go to the Finder in Mac OS if you have not done so already, then navigate to the files you want to create a new folder containing
- Select files you want to create a new folder containing
- Right-click (or control+click) on one of the selected files and choose “New Folder with Selection (x items)”
You can select multiple files or a single file to create a new folder with, but obviously this feature is most powerful with a selection of multiple files chosen.
That’s it, super easy, very fast, and makes organization of files quicker than ever on the Mac!
Creating New Folders of Selected Files from File Menu on a Mac
You can also select the items as usual in the Finder, and then go from the “File” menu in the Finder to the same “New Folder with Selection” option, but right-clicking is quicker.
There’s also a keyboard shortcut to do this too: Control + Command + N
The keystroke for creating new files with a selection doesn’t seem to work for every Mac user however, but give it a try and maybe it will work for you.
The “new folder with selected items” feature in Finder, alongside the ability to cut and paste files finally in Mac OS X, are two of the more subtle but useful enhancements to the file system that arrived in more recent versions of Mac OS X. You will find these great features in all somewhat modern versions of Mac OS system software, from Lion to Mavericks, High Sierra, and onward. Try it out, It’s a great feature!