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What is the Create New Folder shortcut in Windows 10

Folders are essential to keeping your files organized. Windows 10 doesn’t place a limit on how many folders a user can create. You’re free to create as many as 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 New Folder shortcut in Windows 10

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

New folder shortcut

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 further simplify the new folder shortcut with an AutoHotKey script. The script and AutoHotKey itself are light. All you need to decide is which key to use to create a new folder. If your keyboard has dedicated keys for opening mail, or going to the home page in your browser, you can remap one of them.

Check out our guide on how to identify dedicated keyboard keys.

Once you’ve 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 it with 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 new folder will be created.

You can move the script to the Startup folder and the script will run automatically when you boot your system. You’ll be able to use the key without having to run the script manually. 

The Ctrl+Shift+N keyboard shortcut will work only in File Explorer. It isn’t a universal keyboard shortcut on Windows 10. In other apps, e.g. a 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 Ctrl+Shift+N keyboard shortcut will work in the Save file dialog as well. If you’re downloading a file, you can click the New Folder button or you can use the this keyboard shortcut to create the shortcut. The name of the folder will be editable. 

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