Shortcut To Create New Folders In Windows 7

The usual way of creating a new folder in previous Windows operating systems was to right-click on a blank space in the window or computer desktop and select the new folder option. There was no keyboard shortcut available that could be quickly pressed to create that new folder.

This has apparently changed in Windows 7 as it is now possible to create new folders with the keyboard shortcut [CTRL Shift N]. All you need to do is press this keyboard shortcut whenever you want to create a new folder. The only thing left to do is to type in the name of the folder if you want to change it and hit enter to save the changes.

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14 Responses to Shortcut To Create New Folders In Windows 7

  1. Eric June 18, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    This shortcut isn’t working in old versions of Win7 like Beta 7000.

  2. passenger June 18, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    It isn’t working in 7100 RC

  3. guy June 18, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    it works with RC (at least my version, 7100 french) !

  4. Ray June 18, 2009 at 8:33 am #

    [Windows Shift N] does not work here (7201) but crtl+shift+n does.

  5. Martin June 18, 2009 at 8:48 am #

    Post updated, it is CTRL SHIFT N

  6. Mustafa June 18, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    Very useful shortcut!
    Thanks Martin

    • Steven June 18, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

      verry usefull,
      they should have made this a long time ago

  7. Lorda June 18, 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    useless!!!, it takes less time, if u make it with right click + w + n, in this way u dont have to release the mouse in order to press the three buttons…which saves u time 😉

  8. I'm a PC June 19, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    Thanks that really helps. I always thought about creating new folders using keyboard shortcuts.

  9. Lorda June 19, 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    just to correct myself, the combo is:
    right click + w + f

  10. marty June 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    totally agree with Lorda.. if you’re on the desktop or navigating folders (i.e. where you’re most likely to make a new folder) then your right hand is probably already on the mouse.. so right click + w + f is WAY faster than stretching ur fingers to reach letter N (i have long fingers and it is still a stretch)

  11. karl December 2, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    I would prefer the old system. One now has to remember to use


    Much easier to right click, point to ‘New Folder’ and click.
    Why did they take this option away?

  12. Andy Engelkemier June 28, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    right click method is slower on many computers because the time it takes for the right click menu to come up is often more time than it would take you to move your hand from your mouse to your keyboard and back. Otherwise, I like that tip; however, I’d rather keep my hands moving anyway. It’s good for you. 😉

  13. Nitin Sharma February 7, 2012 at 5:21 am #


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