Hack to the Past
Hack to the Past
3.0

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Hack to the Past free download for Mac

Hack to the Past3.0

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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16 Reviews of Hack to the Past

Fishscale
07 January 2013
Version: 3.0

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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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Kobalt
13 May 2014
Version: 3.0
Quick, easy, perfect!
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Fishscale
07 January 2013
Version: 3.0
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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Foulger
07 January 2013
Version: 3.0
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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Kobalt
07 January 2013
Version: 2.0
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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Jen
22 September 2005
Version: 2.0
Yeeeeesssssss !
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Anonymous
02 May 2005
Version: 2.0
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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Anonymous
01 May 2005
Version: 2.0
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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Anonymous
01 May 2005
Version: 2.0
Now if only someone would hack back to Command+s (instead of Command+Shift+s) to save pictures...
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Anonymous
01 May 2005
Version: 2.0
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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Anonymous
01 May 2005
Version: 2.0
Yes -- thank you! Why on earth Apple switched it in the first place is beyond me.
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Asher
01 May 2005
Version: 2.0
THANK YOU!!!! That was the single dumbest thing Apple ever did. Take a logical well used key command that was a standard set by them... and change it for absolutely no reason. I've often hoped someone would do this, now you've answered a cry for sensibility!
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Anonymous
01 May 2005
Version: 2.0
There are people for whom five years isn't long enough to get used to a different key combo?
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Anonymous
16 August 2004
Version: 1.0
Excludes all non-english Finders.
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Anonymous
16 August 2004
Version: 1.0
FINALLY! Something that can change that.. I've been searching every once in a while for a shortcuts editor, ever since OS 10 came out with this horrible design decision.
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Anonymous
16 August 2004
Version: 1.0
Those of you that like to do these things from scratch, without the aid of a tool such as HttP, can follow the instructions found here: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20031125022312849&query=Use+Command-N+to+create+new+folders You may need to enter everything from "http:" to "+folders" as the address in your browser. The instructions there are pretty straight forward, and should not be tragic if you mess it up. As a REAL precaution, you might want to back up the file you will be editing before doing any of the edits. In particular, "~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist". If you don't know how to back up/edit/restore that file, then you should not be trying the hack I provided the link to. Stay with this product instead, and encourage the developer. :-) To the developer of HttP's credit, their product is free. They have a grasp of reality that some other developers sometimes lack.
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Anonymous
16 August 2004
Version: 1.0
"as it should be, IMHO" - exactly it's your opinion. Every app has a shortcut Cpmmand+N to create a new document or new window. For Finder new document (as far as new window) is not a new folder... so this hack is useful just for those who are going to switch from 9 to X, IMHO :)
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