How To Quickly Create A New Folder

Dear Computer Lady,

Thank you for all your help though out the years, it has made using my computer easier.
Is there a shortcut key for making a “new folder”?

I am using Windows Vista and every time I need to make a new folder I have to right click then hover over “new” then click “folder” OR, click “file” then hover on “new” and click “folder”….

There must be an easier or faster way to perform this task.

Thank You, Joan


Dear Joan,

I have a few suggestions for you to try. While there is no actual keyboard shortcut for a new folder in Vista (There is in Windows 7) there are a number of ways to make the process of creating a new folder easier.

First, if you are using an explorer window (even if you are creating a shortcut on your desktop, you can view it in an explorer window quite easily)
Just click on, “Organize” in the command bar, then click on “New Folder” which is the first option under the Organize button.

Second, you can use your keyboard to navigate the context menu that you have described.

Right-Click to display the context menu, then using the arrow keys on your keyboard, press the down arrow repeatedly until you have highlighted the “New” menu, the press the right arrow key once to open the submenu. “Folder” should automatically be highlighted, but you can use the up or down arrow keys to highlight it, if needed. When “Folder” is highlighted, just press the “Enter” key on your keyboard to select it.

You can use the arrow keys to navigate any menu in windows this way, it is often easier than hovering with the mouse.

To get to your desktop folder, just click on “Start”, then type the word “Desktop” in the search box.

Press the down arrow key until the desktop folder is highlighted, then press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

For those readers who are already using Windows 7, there is a handy keyboard shortcut that you can use to create a new folder. First, click once in the location where you want your new folder to be, even if it is the desktop. Then, just hold down the Shift and Ctrl keys (located in the lower-left corner of your keyboard) and tap the letter N.
A new folder will instantly appear.


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    • MardiK
    • March 15, 2012


    In reference to Joan’s question about an easier way to make new folders in Vista, I am to understand that it is just a slight variation on the way you can do it in XP or Windows 7. In XP, I make new folders, either one at a time or multiples by just holding down the Alt key and pressing F W F as many times as I need for as many new folders as desired. If making only one folder there is no need to hold down the Alt key; but simply to tap in once before F W F. I have heard that Windows 7 works the same way, but in Vista holding the Alt key down does not work, but tapping it once and pressing F W F does. Repeat for more new folders.

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