Create dozens or even thousands of folders and name them instantly with New Folder Wizard

Nov 11, 2019
Updated • Nov 13, 2019
Software, Windows software

Every one knows how to create new folders regardless of (desktop operating system) that is used. In Windows, users simply right-click in Explorer and select the New > Folder option; those who prefer keyboard shortcuts may do the same with the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-N.

How do you create multiple folders at once? While you can create folders one by one, or use copy and paste operations, it becomes less and less practicable with a rising number of folders that you need to create.

New Folder Wizard

New Folder Wizard was designed to create as many folders as needed in as short a period of time as possible.

The interface is sort of like what a batch renamer tool like Advanced Renamer or PowerRenamer looks like but similarities end there.

New folder wizard - interface

New Folder Wizard is a portable program for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows. All you need to do is run it after you have downloaded it. The application displays all available options and settings on a single page.

Use the target folder bar to locate the directory in which you want the other folders to be created. Fill out the folder prefix and suffix fields to select fixed parts of the name for every folder that is created.

The program doesn't tell you this, but you can add separators to make the folder names tidier. To include spaces hit the space bar when the cursor is in the "Folder prefix or suffix" fields. This also works with symbols hyphens, underscore and other characters.

The Starting Number/Ending Number options are part of the renaming tool. You can set it from as low as 0, and up to 20000. The numbers determine how many folders are created by the program, e.g. if you pick 1 as the starting number, 20000 as the ending number and 1 as the step, you'd end up with 20k folders.

New folder wizard - example

Let's say you want to create 10 folders. We name the folder prefix Screenshots (space) (hyphen) (space) and suffix as (hyphen) (space) 2019. We choose "0" as the starting number and 10 as the ending number, with "1" as the step. The first folder will have the name Screenshots - 01- 2019, while the 2nd folder will be named Screenshots - 02- 2019, and so on.

The Pad Leading Zero's option can be optionally disabled. It is set to auto by default and adds a zero to the name. That's why we saw the zero in the second part of the name (Screenshots - 01- 2019) else it would have been Screenshots - 1- 2019.

New Folder Wizard has a preview panel which displays the list of folders which will be created with the selected options. You can use this before finalizing the folders to make sure everything is set up correctly.

The generation of the preview isn't automatic, so to use this hit the Preview button to generate the list. When you're ready, click on the Create! button and New Folder Wizard will create the folders as per your setting. The Copy List option is handy in case you want to save the names of the folders in a text document to keep a record of your folders or something else.

Using a Text File for folder names

The option to browse for a Text File is grayed out until you enable the "Use a Text File for folder names" setting; doing so disables all the other options. The program will create the folders based on what the document contains. For e.g. if the text file contains a naming pattern like the following, the application will use it directly.

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New folder wizard - use a text file

I found this to be easier for complex naming patterns, but tedious when creating many folders due to the manual effort involved.

Closing Words

New Folder Wizard is freeware and portable, it is just an executable file with a size of 165KB to download.

The program has a handful of applications: from creating a medium number of directories quickly, e.g. a month-year structure, to the creation of lots of folders for testing purposes. The program may be very useful for people who organize their drives by content, and as a fellow data hoarder, I think it's pretty interesting.

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  1. ozone333 said on November 12, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    A fantastic utility I am sure to download and use regularly.

  2. Shawn said on November 12, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    @J Evil at it’s best 16 million folders

    @echo off
    For %%H in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%G in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%F in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%E in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%D in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%C in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%B in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do For %%A in (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F) do mkdir %%H\%%G\%%F\%%E\%%D\%%C\%%B\%%A

  3. John Siman said on November 12, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Any similar application for linux? Specially KDE?

    1. John Fenderson said on November 12, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      I don’t know of any GUI applications that do this (although I’m certain they exist — this just isn’t a utility that I need, so I’ve never looked into it), but this can be done from the command line pretty easily. Here are a few examples:

      To create a series of directories that are named “dir1”, “dir2”, through “dir99”:

      mkdir dir{1..99}

      To create the same sequence, but also create subdirectories in each new directory:

      mkdir -p dir{1..99}/subdir{1..99}

      To just create a bunch of different named directories in one go:

      mkdir {thisdir,thatdir,anotherdir}

      There are a huge number of variations on this theme as well. A longer list of examples can be found here (this is an Ubuntu forum, but the answer applies to all distros):

      1. Anonymous said on January 27, 2020 at 9:24 pm

        doesn’t help:(

    2. VioletMoon said on November 12, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      Lori Kaufman provides a great tutorial for Linux and the terminal:

      Yes, “Text 2 Folders” is available, and making the folders in Windows via the command prompt [various input methods] actually seems easier than the software reviewed–who made the program? It’s really old.

      Anyway, the article would be super great if it showed alternative methods for creating and naming multiple folders in Windows and Linux.

  4. K said on November 12, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Time is poney.

  5. J said on November 12, 2019 at 3:51 am

    for x in {1..100} ; do mkdir “dirname_$x” ; done

  6. Flyer said on November 11, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Nice found. Ty.
    Similar but crazy fast is my fav since years Text 2 Folders

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