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)

3 Answers 3



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.

  • Ctrl Shift N isn't working for me (vista here)
    – Pacerier
    May 21, 2011 at 22:46
  • @Pacerier: Ah, apparently you need ALT+FWF there. May 21, 2011 at 22:48
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    @Pacerier: On the desktop you need to use MENU+WF. May 21, 2011 at 22:51
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    @Tom I thought Cmd+Shift+N was default anyway on OS X
    – slhck
    May 21, 2011 at 23:04
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    @Pacerier: The button that opens a right click menu. May 23, 2011 at 12:48

On Windows 10
Windows 10 offers an alternative way that I just found. You can configure it yourself. It was standard setting on my system so most people might already have it working this way.
Then the shortcut is Alt+2 (note not F2)

This refers to the index of the items at the top bar of the windows explorer:
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It can be configured by clicking the arrow next to it to show the item on top (screen shot from german system):
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I have created an autohotkey script to remap Ctrl+Shift+n to Capslock+F12. You can remap it to any other key you want.

The key below is context-sensitive, meaning it will only work in Windows Explorer AND Windows Explorer file dialogs (open/save as).

#IfWinActive AHK_CLASS #32770
    Capslock & f12::
#IfWinActive AHK_CLASS CabinetWClass
    Capslock & f12::
    Send {Ctrl Down}{Shift Down}{n}{Shift Up}{Ctrl Up}

To understand the syntax above, see below example,

;   Syntax - To have the same hotkey subroutine executed by more than one variant, the easiest way is to create a stack of identical hotkeys, each with a different #IfWin directive above it. For example:
    ;#IfWinActive ahk_class Notepad
    ;#IfWinActive ahk_class WordPadClass
    ;MsgBox You pressed Win+Z in either Notepad or WordPad.

Hope you find this useful!

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