Hack to the Past
Hack to the Past
3.0

5.0

Hack to the Past free download for Mac

Hack to the Past

3.0
07 January 2013

Brings back shortcut key combo, Command+N.

Overview

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 these post-OS 9 commands. Plus, the actual menu items (in the Finder) are updated as well, and Command + N will work even in dialog boxes, so everything is seemless to you, the end user. 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.

What's new in Hack to the Past

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

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Fishscale
07 January 2013

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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
Kobalt
13 May 2014
Quick, easy, perfect!
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Version 3.0
1 answer(s)
Kobalt
Kobalt
01 August 2019
A good 5 years since my last post and 'Hack to the Past' is still working like a dream! Thanks, Tom.
I made another donation just because :-)
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Fishscale
07 January 2013
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
3 answer(s)
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
07 January 2013
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.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
07 January 2013
@ 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.
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Acuraice
Acuraice
08 January 2013
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
07 January 2013
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
1 answer(s)
Kobalt
Kobalt
07 January 2013
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.
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Kobalt
07 January 2013
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
1 answer(s)
MacUpdate-Nick
MacUpdate-Nick
07 January 2013
Thanks for the info! The listing's been updated.
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Jen
22 September 2005
Yeeeeesssssss !
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Version 2.0
Anonymous
02 May 2005
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
Anonymous
01 May 2005
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
1 answer(s)
resuna
resuna
10 October 2006
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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Version 2.0
Anonymous
01 May 2005
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
01 May 2005
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
01 May 2005
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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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
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