How to create a new folder from selected files on Mac

New Folder with selection on Mac

macOS allows users to create new folders with pre-selected items, and to be honest, it’s one of my favorite features of the Finder. All you need to do is highlight the items you want to place in a folder, right click, and execute the command. It makes cleaning up files extremely quick and easy, and I find myself using it on a daily basis.

Step 1: highlight the files and/or folders that you wish to place into a new folder

Step 2: right-click while the items are selected, and click New Folder with Selection.

Create new Folder With Selection

At the end of the New Folder with Selection text, you’ll see the number of items that will be placed in the folder inside parentheses.

Step 3: type the name of the new folder and press Return on the keyboard

New Folder With Items

You can also use a keyboard shortcut to combine all selected files into a folder

Step 1: highlight the files you wish to place into a folder

Step 2: press Control+Command+N on your keyboard

The keyboard shortcut has a slight benefit over using the right-click action, as the keyboard shortcut allows you to place a single file into a new folder as well. If you want to undo the new folder and move the item(s) back to their original location, just execute an undo command (Command+Z).

Not only is the New Folder With Selection feature extremely handy for quickly organizing files, it’s accompanied by a pretty sweet looking animation as well. Features like this is why I adore macOS so much, in case you couldn’t already sense my admiration.

What do you think about this feature? Do you use it?