How to change default new folder name on Windows 10

New folders on Windows 10 are basically named ‘New Folder’. Users have the option of renaming a new folder when it is created, or naming it later when they want but a folder cannot remain anonymous. That’s why it has a default folder name.

When several new folders are created, and the user does not change their name, a number is added to the end of each folder to differentiate it from the other. The default name remains the same ie, New Folder.

New Folder is a reasonable default folder name but if you need to use a different default folder name, you can change it by editing the Windows directory.

Rename New Folder

To change the default New Folder name on Windows 10, we need to edit the Windows registry and to do that, you need administrative rights.

  1. Tap on the Keyboard shortcut Win + R. to open the Run box.
  2. In the run box, insert: regedit and tap on the Enter a key.
  3. Navigate to this location:HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer
  4. Select the NameTemplate key.
  5. If the key not present, create it. Right-click the Explorer key and select New> Key from the context menu.
  6. Name the key: NameTemplate.
  7. Right-click the NameTemplate key, and select New> Serial value.
  8. Name the value RenameNameTemplate.

  1. Double-click it, and please enter a new name. Avoid using these characters in the name: / ? : * " > < | " ' *.
  2. Click all right, and close the registry editor.
  3. Go to desk or to any folder of your choice and right click on an empty space.
  4. Choose New> Folder.
  5. The new folder will have new default name.
  6. Restart Explorer.

Name folder to current date

The only drawback of the above method is that you cannot set it up until new folders are named after the current date. That said, there’s a simple approach if you want to create a new folder that gets the current date as the name. Again, we need to modify the schedule so that you need administrative rights for this.

1. Change date format

For this registration hack to work, you need to change the date format so that the individual items on the date are separated by hyphens and not a slash. The slash in the shape of a date prevents this trick from working.

  1. Open the Options app (Keyboard shortcut Win + I).
  2. go to Time & Language.
  3. Select the Area tab.
  4. Choose ‘Change Date Format’ at the bottom.
  5. Open the Short date.
  6. Select the format that separates the day, month, and year with hyphens.

2. New Folder Entry

We are now ready to add a new entry to the registry to create folders that will be automatically named after the current date.

  1. Tap on the Keyboard shortcut Win + R. to open the Run box.
  2. In the run box, apply regedit, and tap on the Enter a key.
  3. go to this key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshell
  4. Right click on the ‘Shell’ key and select New> July from the context table.
  5. Name the key Folder.
  6. Right-click the Folder key and select New> July.
  7. Name the key command.
  8. Double-click the default value under the command key and enter this:cmd.exe /c md "%1/%%DATE%%"
  9. Click very well and remove the registry editor.
  10. Restart Explorer.

3. Creating a folder

The new context table option has now been added. Follow these steps to use it.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the folder you want to create a new folder under.
  3. Right click on the folder.
  4. From the context table, select the New Folder option.
  5. Open the folder.
  6. A. new folder with the current date as name is formed below.


The default folder name template cannot accept the same date parameters that work for a folder context table. This is an unfortunate shortcoming. For many, the name ‘New Folder’ may work but if folders were named after the current date or users had the option to switch to this format, the folder name would be new makes more sense even if a user never changes it.

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