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How to create folders using keyboard shortcuts in Windows?

By Katrina Pascual | October 31, 2018 |

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Nifty PC tricks: How to create new folders, using shortcut keys

For some of us who work mostly with computers, it’s not fun to move and click the mouse at all times. Shortcut keys are a way to speed up your work routine and get better organized in your PC tasks.

The great news is if you’re keen on creating a new folder, all it takes is a few keyboard buttons. Here’s a quick guide on how to create new folders, using shortcut keys.

What are shortcut keys to create new folders in Windows 10?

Normally, we right-click in order to create a new folder. On Desktop, you can create a new folder by right-clicking on an empty area, choosing New, and choosing Folder. But Windows 10, as well as 8 and 7, lets you create folders with a keyboard shortcut. Simply press Ctrl + Shift + N and you can see the new folder automatically created on your Desktop and ready for file storage or renaming.

This shortcut works on File Explorer just as well. Simply open the File Explorer (or location where you want a new folder created), press Ctrl + Shift + N, and the new folder crops up in no time.

How about if you want to create a folder in the File Explorer and you want to create it on your desktop at the same time? It’s simple: press Windows key + D. You’ll find that all folders or programs will be minimized and Desktop is the only one open. Follow the earlier steps we showed you and that’s it.

While this shortcut works in Windows 8 and 7, it won’t do so on Windows XP. If you’re a Windows XP user and you seek to create a new folder on Desktop via keyboard shortcuts, hold the

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Alt + F keys, and then release them before quickly pressing the W key, followed by F.

A few notes about shortcut keys

Have azlook at a few more shortcut key notes:

  • Whenever a shortcut key is listed with a plus sign (+) in the string, such as Ctrl + S, this means that the Ctrl key is held while the letter S is pressed.
  • Whenever it’s listed with commas separating the string, such as Alt + F, W, F, note that while the Alt key is held, you press the letter F. Both keys are afterwards released while the W and F keys are pressed one after another.
  • Either upper or lower case letters in these shortcut key combinations can work. Uppercase letters are often used as examples for clarity.

If you don’t want to use keyboard shortcuts on your computer anymore, you can turn off hotkeys or disable all the keyboard shortcuts on your PC through the Windows Registry.

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That’s it – hope these shortcut keys work for your convenience!



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