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Tutorials | How to create folders

Publish date: 13:22 Wednesday, 21st September 2005
Written by: MishY
Audience intended for: Windows Users
Category: Computer Basics

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Folders (or directories) are containers for files that enable you to organise your data. This tutorial will show you how to create your own folders.

There are a number of techniques to create a folder, all of which achieve the same effect.

First MethodHow to create folders

  1. Right click on an open area of your desktop, or in an open area of Windows Explorer.
  2. Then left click New
  3. Then left click Folder.

    Make folder on desktop

    Once your folder appears either on your desktop or in Windows Explorer you will notice that the folder name is highlighted. This is giving you the opportunity to name your folder. It is always best to give your folder a very memorable name that accurately describes its contents.

    Name folder on desktop

  4. Type in the name you want to give to your newly created folder, and then hit Enter to complete the process.

Second MethodHow to create folders

This method is for use in Windows Explorer only.

  1. Open up Windows Explorer ((Hold down the Windows Key and press E) or left click Start/Programs/Accessories/Windows Explorer)
  2. Navigate to the place you where you want your new folder to be created.
  3. Then from the top toolbar click File
  4. Then left click New
  5. Then left click Folder

    Make folder in windows explorer

    Once your folder appears either on your desktop or in Windows Explorer you will notice that the folder name is highlighted. This is giving you the opportunity to name your folder. It is always best to give your folder a very memorable name that accurately describes its contents.

    Name folder in windows explorer

  6. Type in the name you want to give to your newly created folder, and then hit Enter to complete the process.

Third MethodHow to create folders

This method can only be used by Windows XP, and Windows 2003 users.

  1. Open My Computer ((Left click Start/My Computer) or double click the My Computer icon on your desktop)
  2. Navigate to the place you where you want your new folder to be created.
  3. Then left click Make a new folder from the File and Folder Tasks menu in your Common Tasks toolbar.

    Make folder in windows xp

    Once your folder appears either on your desktop or in Windows Explorer you will notice that the folder name is highlighted. This is giving you the opportunity to name your folder. It is always best to give your folder a very memorable name that accurately describes its contents.

    Name folder in windows xp

  4. Type in the name you want to give to your newly created folder, and then hit Enter to complete the process.

How to make a folder using the Command PromptHow to create folders

To start the command prompt in Windows left click Start then Run. Type in "CMD" (without the "") and hit Enter.

  1. On the command prompt type:

    Code:


    mkdir foldername


    Name folder from the command prompt

    and then hit Enter.

  2. You can then use:

    Code:


    dir


    List folders from the command prompt

    and then hit Enter to make sure your folder has been created.

Note: You cannot have spaces in your folder names unless you wrap the name in "". For example:

Code:


mkdir "folder name"


How to make many folders using the Command PromptHow to create folders

It is also possible to make many folders in one go using the command prompt.

To start the command prompt in Windows left click Start then Run. Type in "CMD" (without the "") and hit Enter.

  1. On the command prompt type:

    Code:


    mkdir foldername1 foldername2 foldername3 foldername4


    and then hit Enter.

Note: You cannot have spaces in your folder names unless you wrap the name in "". For example:

Code:


mkdir "foldername 1" "foldername 2" "foldername 3" "foldername 4"

 

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