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Is there a quick way to select several items and place them into a new folder?

  • The quick way is to assign a keyboard shortcut to finder's New Folder from Selection function. See apple.stackexchange.com/questions/20559/… – bmike Aug 27 '13 at 11:50
  • @bmike Apparently you can also use Cntrl+Cmd+N. – Simon Aug 27 '13 at 12:07
  • Now that is even more rapid. I love that I still know so little of all the nooks and crannies of Finder/OS X. I've added that as an answer :-) – bmike Aug 27 '13 at 12:38
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Finder's File menu has the fastest method to take selected files and make a new nolder with that selection.

  1. Select the files
  2. Press Control + Command + N
  3. Type the name of the folder

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If you require more sophisticated processing, you could script it as described here: Keyboard Shortcuts for "Compress" or "New Folder with Selection"?

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Two ways to achieve this:

  1. Select the files, compress them into a zip, and then uncompress them into a folder that will be named whatever you named the zip in the first place.

  2. Select the items you want in the Finder, right-click (or two-finger tap) on them to bring up OS X's contextual menu, and choose the first option: New Folder with Selection (shown in the gif below). The Finder will then create a new folder with those items stored safely inside, removing at least one step from the process for you automatically.

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    @grgarside Totally awesome !!! – Simon Aug 27 '13 at 11:04

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