Consolidate A Group of Files And Folders Into A New Folder in Lion [OS X Tips]

Consolidate A Group of Files And Folders Into A New Folder in Lion [OS X Tips]Consolidate A Group of Files And Folders Into A New Folder in Lion [OS X Tips]

Today the tip is for all you neat freaks out there. I get pretty sloppy when I’m working on a project and I tend to leave a bunch of different files on my Finder desktop. I tend to gather all these up after I complete the  project and later I throw them into a folder. I used to do it the hard way, but not any more.

The Finder in Mac OS X has a neat feature that will allow you to quickly consolidate a group of selected files and folders into a brand new folder all in one step. All you have to do is right-click or control-click the selected items and choose the contextual menu item labeled: New folder with Selection (x items) at the top of that menu. The x represents the number of items being consolidated.

Consolidate A Group of Files And Folders Into A New Folder in Lion [OS X Tips]

Finder consolidates the items and then sets you up to change the default name of New Folder With Items to something of your own choosing.

Consolidate A Group of Files And Folders Into A New Folder in Lion [OS X Tips]

If this isn’t fast enough for you or you don’t like all the mouse action try Command+Control+N from the keyboard after you’ve selected the items you want to combine into one folder.

I think this is my most favorite tip so far and I’ll be using it a lot.

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  • XP17

    “magic briefcase”-  lol ;)))

  • BMWTwisty

    Idunno, SugarSync has used “Magic Briefcase” since before Lion was eleased.  I’m curious about how that might pan out.  The concept, though, is pure, elegant Apple genius.

  • DavidWMartin

    That Magic Briefcase is part of SugarSync for Mac. Apple doesn’t own the complete patent on magic yet. :-) – DM

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