New Folder Shortcut

Martin Brinkmann
May 7, 2010
Updated • May 23, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

What is the fastest way to create a new folder in the Windows operating system? That depends on the version installed. Windows 7 users for instance can use the new folder shortcut Ctrl-Shift-n in Windows Explorer to create a new folder instantly.

That shortcut is not available in previous Microsoft operating systems on the other hand.

A new folder shortcut on those operating systems is the keyboard combination ALT, F, W, F in Windows Explorer which follows the top menu to create a new shortcut.

That is not as practical as the Ctrl-Shift-n shortcut but still better than using the mouse to create a new folder in the Windows operating system.

Windows XP users can also make use of a little software program called mdAxelerator. The 6K program can be used to map the creation of a new folder to a shortcut. It can even be used to change the default name of that folder as well.

Do you use another way to create new folders in Windows? Let us know in the comments.

Update: mdAxelerator has been discontinued, probably because it is not possible to create new folders under Windows 7 with the keybord shortcut Ctrl-Shift-n.


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  1. bagheri said on December 31, 2011 at 12:18 am


    1. Anonymous said on February 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

      yeah you were right

  2. shahid afridi said on March 1, 2011 at 11:19 am


  3. rob said on May 8, 2010 at 11:26 am

    a program called “bxnewfolder” found at i have this installed on every computer i own and always will (until i upgrade to win7).

    1. vinay sharma said on February 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

      easy way is ctrl+shift+N For new folder

  4. Digital Ruse said on May 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Unfortunately for me, the Windows 7 shortcut stopped working some time ago. This may come in handy. Thanks.

  5. coldata said on May 7, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Create thousands of folders quickly based on your rules…

  6. Raymond said on May 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    What’s wrong with ALT+F, W, F?

  7. Chairman Brando said on May 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Easy: Use FreeCommander (or something similar) because, honestly, it’s way better than Explorer, and then hit F7. Bam — new folder. New files can be created with Ctrl-Shift-N.

    1. CHHAYA said on June 8, 2011 at 6:27 am

      thnx alot…only urs was the comment wich helped me…so thnx… :)

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