When I click on a folder and choose File->New Folder the folder is created in the root directory of my current view instead of the currently selected (highlighted) folder.

How do I make it so when I create a new folder it will create the folder inside of the current highlighted directory?

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You can't. Finder creates new folders in the folder currently being displayed, not the folder you've highlighted. First you have to display the folder you want the new one in - double click it, then create the new one.

  • oh, i thought you could because someone told me theirs creates the folder in the highlighted folder.
    – Bot
    Commented Nov 4, 2010 at 17:41
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    Jeez, this IS the sh**iest OS on the planet :(
    – bartekmo
    Commented Oct 16, 2020 at 7:03

Open the folder you want to create the new folder in first (double-click). Then choose File->New Folder or Shift-Cmd-N.


There's no built-in way to do that in Finder (as of macOS 12 Monterey, 2021), but you can create a custom Automator action instead. This will provide a right click menu item, as well as a keyboard shortcut, to create a folder under the selected folder in Finder.

See the detailed steps at this answer.

  • ...or you can just use Column view.
    – red_menace
    Commented Oct 11, 2022 at 2:33

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