Quickly Create New Folder

Dear Computer Lady,

I am so tired of all the menus that I have to go through just to create a new folder on my desktop. Isn’t there an easier way?

I’m using Windows Vista.

Thanks, Dan


Dear Dan,

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, Just use this keyboard shortcut:

Ctrl + Shift + N

Hold down the Ctrl key and the Shift key, and tap the letter N.


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    • deg1254
    • July 24, 2010

    Elizabeth, you stated that CTRL SHIFT N in Windows 7 creates a new folder. Actually, that key combination creates a new note. The key combination for a new folder is CTRL SHIFT E.

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