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Does anyone know the shortcut key to create a new folder in Windows Explorer and in Finder?

Also, does anyone know the shortcut key to create a new folder on the desktop?

(I'm using windows vista and mac os x)

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Ctrl+Shift+N: Create a new folder in Windows Explorer.

Alternatively, use ALT+F+W+F on older Windows versions and MENU+W+F on the desktop.

Mac OS X

Create a New Folder shortcut using the System Preferences -> Keyboard & Mouse -> Keyboard Shortcuts panel. The system won't let you choose Cmd-N, but it will let you choose Cmd-Shift-N. Use that.


The shortcut key should work there too.

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Ctrl Shift N isn't working for me (vista here) –  Pacerier May 21 '11 at 22:46
@Pacerier: Ah, apparently you need ALT+FWF there. –  Tom Wijsman May 21 '11 at 22:48
@Pacerier: On the desktop you need to use MENU+WF. –  Tom Wijsman May 21 '11 at 22:51
@Tom I thought Cmd+Shift+N was default anyway on OS X –  slhck May 21 '11 at 23:04
@Pacerier: The button that opens a right click menu. –  Tom Wijsman May 23 '11 at 12:48

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