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Hack to the Past will bring back the shortcut key combo, Command + N, for creating a New Folder before Apple (Hello, McFly, anybody in there?), in their infinite wisdom, switched it to Command + Shift + N. So instead of continuing to use that cumbersome command to create a new folder, you can now 'Hack to the Past' and return to using Command + N like it was before the cats (all OS X versions) came on the scene. It will also swap the New Finder Window with Command + Shift + N as it should be, IMHO. You can also revert back if you've become used to the "cat's" way and you're getting totally confused and are simply used to more...

What's New

Version 3.0:
  • Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Kobalt Member IconReview+464
Kobalt
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Quick, easy, perfect!

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Version 3.0
Fishscale Member IconComment+868
Fishscale
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I am sure this is a nice tool in its day but is it really still needed? You can change all menu item keys in system preferences -> keyboard… At least since 10.6+… so maybe this is useful if your pre 10.6 but otherwise no need for extra software imo.

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Version 3.0
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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Sure, most of us have gotten used to the OS X way of doing things by now, but what have you and Mike-A. got against people having a choice? And, while power users know how to change keyboard shortcuts, I dare say a majority of Mac users do not. And, though I find keyboard shortcuts invaluable, in my experience many people don't even know they exist. Be that as it may, in my not so humble opinion, choice is good. Kudos to the author for continuing to make this tool available for those who might like to use it.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
+6

@ Mike-A.: Do you suppose anyone here gives a flying fig about what disgusts you? Don't flatter yourself. In any case, I didn't "whine" about anything. I simply made a case for the choices this little app offers.

Acuraice
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u can change quite a few keyboard shortcuts in menu-prefs but NOT the command to create a new folder and this program does!! you are all wrong as usual!!

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Foulger
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Simplicity is the mother of invention. At last I have got rid of that annoying little impingement which affected my brain each time I made a new folder. Thank You so much.

Will it stay put after each OS increment or will it need to be applied each time?

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Version 3.0
Kobalt
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From the ReadMe file:

Will not 'stop working' between software updates, but you will likely have to run the script again if you reinstall system software or update to a completely new 10.x version.

Kobalt Member IconReview+464
Kobalt
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We're some 8 years on since the last comment and I just want to say that this can still be downloaded and still works! Been using it for many years and can't see that change any time soon. Thanks Thomas. :)

PS. There is now a new version out I noticed. Find it here

http://www.nonamescriptware.com/wp-content/uploads/hack_to_the_past_iii.zip

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Version 2.0
MacUpdate-Nick
+1

Thanks for the info! The listing's been updated.

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Jen
+0

Yeeeeesssssss !

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Version 2.0
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
+1

I don't know how many times I have typed Command-N wanting a folder and not getting one. I have no idea why they would have changed this in OS X. I love OS X (all of the cats) but love this hack.

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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
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In all the original Mac programs, Cmd-N created a document. The only thing the Finder could create was a folder, so of course Cmd-N was New folder. In the case of a browser, there was nothing you could really create so it spawned a new browser window instead. Now that we have a Finder that is also a browser, the command is suddenly overloaded - either way you do it, it's going to be wrong.

The correct solution is to split the Finder into two. If you launch it as a browser, it works like a browser: Folders open in the same window, and you specifically spawn new windows with a command. If you launch it as the Finder, it works like the Finder. Cmd-N makes a folder and you never ever see that silly metal window. That is really the only sane way of doing it.

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Version 2.0
Peter da Silva
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Agreed, instead of merging the NeXT browser and the Spacial Finder, they should have kept them as two separate programs.

I wish the NeXT browser was still available. I miss the shelf.

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Anonymous
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Now if only someone would hack back to Command+s (instead of Command+Shift+s) to save pictures...

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Version 2.0
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
+1

4 x 5 stars from me for this excellent little hack!

AND a big thanx to the dev for doing the work - it's a beauty, mate!

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Version 2.0
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
+1

Yes -- thank you! Why on earth Apple switched it in the first place is beyond me.

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Version 2.0
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Downloads 3,716
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Date 06 Jan 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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