What is the Create New Folder shortcut in Windows 10

Folders are essential for keeping your files organized. Windows 10 does not limit the number of folders a user can create. You are free to create what you want. You can create a new folder anywhere by right-clicking inside a folder and selecting the New> Folder option. The folder is created with the name New Folder and you can rename it.

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Create a New Folder shortcut in Windows 10

You can create a folder in any File Explorer window, and on the desktop. The right click menu option is not difficult to use but if you prefer keyboard shortcuts, you can create a new folder with one.

Shortcut new folder

The new folder shortcut on Windows 10 is Ctrl + Shift + N. You can use this keyboard shortcut on the desktop, and in any folder in File Explorer.

One key New folder shortcut

You can simplify the new folder shortcut with AutoHotKey script. The script and AutoHotKey itself are lightweight. All you have to do is decide which key to use to create a new folder. If your keyboard has special keys for opening mail, or going to the home page of your browser, you can refresh one of them.

Take a look at our guide on how to recognize specific keyboard keys.

Once you have identified the key, you can create the script by following these steps.

  1. Install AutoHotKey on your system.
  2. Open a new notepad file.
  3. Enter the following.

  1. Edit the ‘Launch_Mail’ part and replace the key you want to use to create a new folder.
  2. Save the file with the AHK file extension.
  3. Run the script.
  4. Press the key and a a new folder will be created.

You can move the script to the startup folder and the script will run automatically when you install your system. You will be able to use the key without having to run the script manually.

The Ctrl + Shift + N keyboard shortcut only works in File Explorer. Windows 10 is not a universal keyboard shortcut. In other apps, eg browser, this will open a new incognito window. You can open a new File Explorer window with the Win + E keyboard shortcut and this shortcut is universal so you can use it in any app to open a new File Explorer window.


The keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + N works in the Save file dialog as well. If you are downloading a file, you can click the New Folder button or you can use this keyboard shortcut to create the shortcut. The folder name can be edited.

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