Monday, January 7, 2013

If You Remember Command-N On Your Mac, You’ll Love This Hack To The Past App

It wasn’t a major disappointment, but it was disconcerting. When Apple launched OS X back in the day, they did so with more than a few changes from what we knew and loved about Mac Classic OS.

The first time I hit Command-N on my keyboard in OS X to create a new folder in the Finder I was greeted with a new Finder window instead of the new folder I expected. Apple had changed one of the few keyboard shortcuts I could remember and used regularly.

In OS X’s Finder, if you want a new folder and you don’t want to click the Menubar, it’s Command-Shift-N. Don’t ask why. It’s 50-percent more keystrokes, so it’s not more efficient than Command-N of yesteryear.

Hack to the Past is a free way to get Command-N back to your Mac so you can create new folders the way God intended. Command-N.

There’s not much to Hack to the Past. All it does is swap out Command+Shift+N and insert Command-N instead. Then, when you’re using the Finder, hit the Command-N keyboard shortcut and you get a new folder.

Hack to the Past is so smart it even updates the Finder’s keyboard shortcuts in the dialog boxes. Suddenly, all is right with the world again.

Comments

  1. In OS X’s Finder, if you want a new folder and you don’t want to click the Menubar, it’s Command-Shift-N. Don’t ask why. It’s 50-percent more keystrokes, so it’s not more efficient than Command-N of yesteryear.”

    Simple: too many people were cluttering up their computer with unintended new ‘untitled’ folders. This commonly occurred when intending a ‘new’ document, not a new folder.

    Similar confusion occurred with Cmd D for … delete or duplicate? Dangerously same shortcut for different intents. Now Apple forces us to use the Delete key for delete, reserving Cmd D for other confusing inconsistent things that vary from application to application:

    -new bookmark in Safari
    - ‘dispatching’ an email in Mail
    - etc. etc.

  2. This is a welcome addition to any experienced Mac user’s list of must-have utilities. But it’s about 10 years too late. I’ve already ingrained Command-Shift-N into my fingers. And forgotten all the other confusing keyboard shortcuts that Apple decided should not see the light of day in the transfer from Classic OS to OS X.