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New Folder Shortcut in Windows

By August 20, 2010 April 7th, 2011 Tips & Tricks

I’m constantly on the lookout for quicker ways to perform everyday tasks in Windows. That said, when I needed to create multiple empty folders at different folder depths, I questioned how I would do so with keyboard shortcuts. Windows 7 already facilitates the process of creating new folders, but most of the visible options are mouse-powered:

New Folder button - as seen in Windows Explorer

New Folder menu item - as seen in the context menu

 

Despite these mouse-powered shortcuts, I’ve always felt that keyboard shortcuts were faster. With that in mind, I took my search to Google, and eventually and found what I was looking for:

CTRL + SHIFT + N

Great shortcut… after you press it, you can immediately start typing the folder name. No need to use the mouse in between creating the folder, and typing the name. There’s just one unfortunate catch – the shortcut only works in Windows 7. Seeing as I needed something that worked across Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, I returned to Google for an alternative. Here’s what I found:

ALT + FWF

Certainly an awkward looking shortcut, but it works just like CTRLSHIFTN. The only difference is that it uses accelerator keys, a long-supported feature of Windows. Back in Windows Server 2003, accelerator keys were easy to recognize visually:

Windows Server 2003 screenshot - reveals the File - New - Folder path in the menu bar

Notice that certain characters are underlined in the menus?

All you had to do was look for underlined letters in the menu options. As can be seen above, the File menu option has the F key associated. If you hold ALT, the key combination you press will be sent to the menu bar. This also works in Windows Vista, and Windows 7 – though, by default, the underlined letters and menu bar are hidden. So, for example, you can follow the ALT + FWF path. Holding ALT, first press F to select File, then W for New, and F for Folder. After that, just type the name of the new folder, and press ENTER.

Interested in making the underlined letters always visible in Windows 7? If so, read How to Restore Underlined Shortcuts in Menus.