I am aware that when using Finder in List view, I can create a new folder by right-clicking on an empty row, and pressing 'New Folder'.

However, when I happen to be browsing a folder with quite a lot of files (or just enough to invoke a scrollbar), there are no blank rows, and hence nowhere that I can right-click to create a new folder.

This is not a big problem, I am just a whinger who likes consistency and find this frustrating. Yes, I am aware that I can press Shift + Cmd + N, or can simply change the Finder view. BUT, is there a way to do this within list view? Am I missing something obvious?

Edit: oh, and I'm using Snow Leopard (version 10.6) :)

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    This is a ridiculous hole in the UI. Why, Apple? Why??
    – Nolan Amy
    Jan 4, 2020 at 5:09

3 Answers 3


Not that it gets you exactly what you want, but besides the 4 items listed by Xetius, you can also add a little "create a new folder" icon to the top of your finder window (picture of a folder with a plus sign in the upper right corner). You would use "View/Customize Tool Bar ..." to add such an icon.

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    awesome ! But could it be possible to create the new folder inside the one that is selected ? Sep 29, 2017 at 11:06
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    Using the finder, I don't see a way to create a folder inside of a selected folder without first navigating into that selected folder. Sep 30, 2017 at 21:18

Appear to not be.

You can, as you mention, do one of the following:

  • Press Shift+Cmd+N
  • Change Finder View
  • File->New Folder
  • New Folder from the Action button on the Toolbar (The gear button)

But you cannot seem to right click (Option-click) anywhere to bring up the context menu with the New Folder option.


Cmd + right click will do it seems. Mine is Yosemite.

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