Shortcut key to create a New Folder

Shortcut keys in Windows environment or any software environment makes our life really easy. For an example to perfom a Copy operation you press Ctrl+C and to pate you press a Ctrl+V on your keyboard.

Have you ever wondered on what will be the shortcut key to create a New Folder in Windows?

The answer for this depends on where you want to create the Folder. Because you wont be able to use this partcular shortcut key on the desktop but you can use it anywhere in Windows Explorer or inside any of the existing folders.

Okay, the shortcut key is Alt+F+W+F 

Alt+F is for the File Menu and “W” is for New under the file menu and “F” is for New Folder.

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68 thoughts on “Shortcut key to create a New Folder

  1. Thanks but i have a problem that when i create a New Folder on Desktop than what is the Short Cut key is used only on Keyboard

    • Hi Sunil,
      by default you cant create a folder by using a shortcut key on your desktop. but the short cut key i have mentioned in the article will help you to create inside explorer.
      If you want to create a New Folder using a shortcut key on your desktop, what you can d is write a small BATCH file.

      you can use the following,

      @echo off

      cd:\
      C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop
      Mkdir “New Folder”

      save this file as a .BAT file and create ashortcut of the file and assign a shortcut key. So when you press the shortct key the folder will be created on your desktop.

  2. wow, i tried the bat file thing and it makes TWO folders! one named foldero with an umlat o and onew with a circonflex over the o.

    what does that?

    • Hi Sahil Rizvi,
      If you are using Windows 7, just press Ctrl+Shift+N to create a New Folder on your desktop. If any other Windows editions before Windows 7 please use the below script and save it as a .bat file and execute.

      @echo off

      cd:\
      C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop
      Mkdir “New Folder”

      make sure your desktop path is correct.

    • Hi Manzar Hussain, I assme you have tried creating a folder with this combination on your desktop, which will not work unfortunately. You can use the above mentioned combination in your windows explorer or inside any folder to create a folder.

      But if you are using a Windows 7 then you can create a folder anywhere (including desktop) by pressing Ctrl+ Shift+ N

      Hope the above info is sufficient and let us know on how it goes

  3. Hi Siva,
    if you are using Windows 7, then press Ctrl+Shift+N

    if you are using a previous version of Windows create a batch file as follows

    @echo off
    cd:\
    C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop
    Mkdir “New Folder”

    save this file as a .BAT file and create ashortcut of the file and assign a shortcut key. So when you press the shortct key the folder will be created on your desktop.

    • Hi Akfash,

      I have copied the contents given below

      @echo off
      cd:\
      C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop
      Mkdir “New Folder”

      in notepad and save this file as a .BAT file.
      Here, when I press the shortcut key, two new folders will be created simultaneously.

      Is my way is correct?
      What is the error here? please reply.

      • Hi Siva,
        Sorry, the issue is because New Folder is two words.

        @echo off
        cd:\
        C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop
        Mkdir NewFolder

        The corected script is above:) and you may use it and save it as a .bat file.

  4. Hi Akfash,
    It is working good. During new folder creation using mouse, it automatically highlights the created new folder for rename it. But here it is not. Do you have any solution?

    • C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop
      Mkdir NewFolder

      The corect script is above:) and you may use it and save it as a .bat file to create a new folder on desktop

  5. If I have desktop icons such as My computer, Internet explorer, Recycle bin. If I want to open that, first I have to click the mouse in open space of desktop. Then only I can go to choose the above such things by press the key m,i,r respectively. So without using mouse, how can we go ahead?

  6. Thanks but i have a problem that when i create a New Folder on Desktop than what is the Short Cut key is used only on Keyboard

  7. O come on just press Ctrl + Shift + N for creating a new folder in windows 7 may be in xp too, I didn’t try.

  8. he! come on just press i forget the name of key the key between right Alt and Ctrl + w+ f for creating a new folder
    if any one can tell me the name of key plz tell me

  9. Hi Mr. Akfash,

    I tried to creae new folder on desktop in win xp, i dint get that plz guide me.

    I saved that prgrm after i tried alt+f+w+f still i dint get.

  10. Best one I found (even better than Baxbex) is mdAxel 1.0 Beta. The name is deceiving. It is a small footprint, non-installing “New Folder” hotkey .exe app that you insert in your Program Files folder. In Program Files, I named the folder “New Folder Hotkey” and pasted this .exe app in it. Then I double-clicked on it and it started up and the icon appeared in my System Tray in the Task Bar. I right clicked on that System Tray icon and selected “Settings”. I chose to have it start up with Windows, and I chose my own hotkey combo. I could even provide a default “New Folder” entry. It’s free and works super well. Best one yet!

    BaxBex is if you want to have a new folder icon in your Explorer toolbar, but the downside is if you are installing a new theme with the Uxepatcher and use YZ Toolbar (for example) then the Baxbex new folder icon cannot be modified to match your new icons. BUt if you are sticking with your XP default icons then that is a good mate to this hotkey app.

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