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Add a Create New Folder icon to the Windows XP Quick Launch toolbar

Creating new folders to store files is a basic Windows XP task, but Windows Explorer does not have a button for easy creation of new folders. You can create your own shortcut by adding a Create New Folder button to the Quick Launch toolbar. Here's how.

Creating new folders to store files is a basic Windows XP task, but Windows Explorer does not have a button for easy creation of new folders. You can create your own shortcut by adding a Create New Folder button to the Quick Launch toolbar. Follow these steps:

  1. Press [Windows]E to launch a new Windows Explorer window.
  2. Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch. ({Username} is your account name.)
  3. Create a new folder in the Quick Launch folder and name it Create New Folder. You will see a new button on the Quick Launch toolbar called Create New Folder.
  4. To create a new folder, hold down [Ctrl], drag the Create New Folder icon from the Quick Launch toolbar, and drop it in the folder in which you want to create a new folder. You will see a new folder, and the Create New Folder icon will remain on the Quick Launch toolbar.

Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

81 comments
joezanotti10
joezanotti10

Thanks for sharing. Really helpful post.

yusof125
yusof125

C:\Users\{Username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch. (in Windows Vista, inquiry by yusof125)

gaut.michel
gaut.michel

How Can I do the samething with Vista Premium... How can I have access to the folder Aplication Data which is a short cut only... Mike

cyberwiz888-tech
cyberwiz888-tech

You can also right mouse drag the folder for the same effect. It will prompt you for copy or move.

cyberwiz888-tech
cyberwiz888-tech

You can also right mouse drag the folder for the same effect. It will prompt you for copy or move.

TelcoChuck
TelcoChuck

Since there is some programming in the "show desktop.scf" icon, how about asking your friends at Microsoft what the possible commands we could build within a scf file?

bizcard
bizcard

Just right-click on the Quick Launch Bar and open folder will take you to the Quick Launch Folder

rama2k523
rama2k523

why to go so much depth, just press "CTRL+B" u can see create folder button, click it. enjoy!!! little easy solution, isn't it

KeithAu001
KeithAu001

Not a bad trick, but open the destination drive or folder in windows explorer dont select any files or folders in the right payne, and an option is there in the left payne to "Make New Folder". Just as simple just as quick so umm why are we doing this again??

amkrap
amkrap

I'm repeating this because I'm not sure I posted it correctly. Anyway, there is an application that adds a button to Explorer. I've been using it for years. Try the link below. It's called bxNewFolder and it's free. http://www.baxbex.com/products.html

rajiv_kothale
rajiv_kothale

i was not able to follow the procedure as in step 2. Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch. ({Username} is your account name.) i was not able to locate "Application data" Please help me out with this

rflewis
rflewis

There's a nice easy utility included in Camtech 2000 website http://camtech2000.net/Pages/Context_Utilities.htm 'New Folder Here' which I've used for years. Simply right click where you want the new folder and then left click on New Folder Here from the drop down menu. RFL

tom
tom

I used to have a small utility which I could click and could create and name multiple folders and subfolders at one time. This was useful for creating files where I wanted to store data by Date or Author for instance. Alas, in my less experienced days I reformatted and lost the utility and to this day I have never come across it again. Maybe someone out there has a suggestion?

raykirkwood
raykirkwood

Why bother when a right click in any folder allows direct creation of a new sub-folder within it?

cballeron
cballeron

Actually, I learned a lot of good tricks from this post! I was searching for a way to create a shortcut (based on a tip I saw elsewhere) on the quicklaunch bar (or even the links menu in explorer...I don't use it much in ie). Here is the shortcut I was never able to recreate on my XP-SP3(From Grl): Purpose? Hit a key combo & a new folder appears on your desktop, 1) Create a new shortcut, (where ever, but in a place you won?t delete it) 2) In Location put mkdir "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\New Folder" 3) Click Next 4) Name: Create New Folder 5) Click Finish 6) Right Click on this new file & click properties 7) In the Shortcut Key box press ctrl-shift-n (or what ever you prefer) 8) Choose OK *Note: this does not overwrite or rename if that folder exists. **My problem: I never had success completing number two! I appears easy enough to follow, but I wished I'd found an zipped sample of this shortcut somewhere...that's when I stumbled onto this old thread. If anyone figures out if there's a mistake in the above shortcut how-to, please post it! :0) I also used the tweak UI powertoy to trim down my contextual menu and I've added the camtech, mdaxel and and updated version of the 'bx new folder' tools (see the link for whoever edited that last one) to my system to see if any work better for me. http://www.4shared.com/file/145993156/b890321e/Baxbex_FolderBox_Unpacked-Skinned.html

seanferd
seanferd

New > Can take its own sweet time showing up.

TheOldProf
TheOldProf

CTRL-B brings up the Organize Favorites dialog box for IE. Thus it only allows you to create a new folder in IE's Favorites list, nowhere else.

tiredoftechrepublic
tiredoftechrepublic

Is it just too hard for one to right-click and choose New, then Folder?

abbos
abbos

By adding a new folder to quicklaunch. When creating a new folder in the right map you already opened the explorer. So why not rightclick and choose new folder instead of selecting your createnewfolder in quicklaunch and press CTRL and drag it to the desired destination? It is a nice trick but more time consuming in my eyes. I stay to my "right click" and "new folder"...:)

mark.williams
mark.williams

The simplest method I have found is to right click in the right side of Windows explorer, select "New" and select "Folder." Windows Explorer drops a New Folder in the drive or directory you are in and brings up the edit mode so you can properly name it.

Master_Techie
Master_Techie

Another quick way to create a new folder in anywhere in Windows explorer is to use ALT+F followed by hitting the enter key twice. This is much faster than dragging the "New Folder" from the quick launch bar into the folder you want to create a new one. One caveat with this is that you must make sure you don't have anything selected inside the folder where you are going to create the new folder. Also, if you have any other addins installed on your machine, that may show up as the first item under File menu. Hope it helps.

heavener
heavener

Click the radio button in Tools > Folder Options > View (tab) > Hidden files and folders > Show hidden files and folders Uncheck Tools > Folder Options > View (tab) > Hide protected operating system files Also, uncheck Tools > Folder Options > View (tab) > Hide extensions for known file types Then look for the Application Data folder

peterharding
peterharding

Why not just use shortcuts? With the cursor in the directory where you require a shorcut type, hold the Alt key down and type FWF.

amkrap
amkrap

Ther is an application that adds a button to Explorer. I've been using an application for years. Try the link below. It's called bxNewFolder and it's free. http://www.baxbex.com/products.html

David J
David J

Do you really need to navigate and create by hand? Crate a new folder on the desktop and drag it onto the Quick Launch bar. Seems to do the same job.

seanferd
seanferd

Easiest way is to create a new shortcut for an existing app, then edit it. Target: cmd.exe /C MD "New Folder" Start in: (Clear this box) Shortcut key: You decide Change Icon: You may want to do this, or not. otherwise, it gets a CMD icon. Plenty of icons available in Shell32.dll in the Windows/System32 directory.

deepsand
deepsand

Perhaps yours is just tuckered out, or is pissed that it always ends up being renamed.

patrick.moran
patrick.moran

...if you have an ATI video card installed and have the ATI CATALYST Control Center enabled, pressing "ALT+F, Enter, Enter" will bring up ATI's Display Control Panel.

geoff.bernard
geoff.bernard

Just when you think you have though of all the shortcuts.... what a cool trick. Thanks!

heavener
heavener

Works - but with caveats. Doesn't do anything on the Desktop. And in folders, you may need to press F several times, depending on what's installed (my system creates a new Flash file as the first entry).

Brian.Crawford
Brian.Crawford

while the product looks very interesting it is not free as indicated (30 day eval)

jon.hurt
jon.hurt

I downloaded the bxNewFolder and played with it. I am really impressed by the ease of use....THANK YOU amkrap

gina4xoxoxo
gina4xoxoxo

I want to add a folder I often use to the left side of explorer so it shows up like C, D, E does and desktop, etc., instead of having to go into C drive and navigate that way. I just want to be able to click my Windows key + E and have it right there on the left side of the split screen along with the other drive letters, My Documents, Desktop, etc. Does anyone know how to do this? I would greatly appreciate it!

RandyM55
RandyM55

Now you have a folder named "Create New Folder" on your desktop. I think I'll go back to Windows 95. That was real easy. :)

deepsand
deepsand

directly to its intended home, so that the Original remains unaware of what's happening.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

the psychological effects of being separated at birth...

seanferd
seanferd

I haven't had a problem before, but generally, they are immediately renamed, usually nested, and moved off the desktop to another dir after they are filled with whatever it is I was organizing. I'll keep that point in mind if I run into issues. Thanks.

deepsand
deepsand

The 1st "New" folder might react badly to the presence of so many clones, particularly if they're sharing the same Parent Folder. Sibling rivalry and/or identity crises can be a bitch.

seanferd
seanferd

as I've seen it that way on a lot of systems, usually because the system may be a bit older, and because there are 20 or so objects in the 'New' menu. Mine is usually quick enough, and it is my preferred method for generating a new directory. If I want a whole slew of folders, I just make a new one, then copy & paste, paste, paste, paste ... then rename them. And to think I never considered the emotional effect of changing the names they were born with. :D

seanferd
seanferd

Go through the motions to create a new folder from the File context menu, making note of which are the hotkeys for your desired operation. They are the ones what are underlined.

seanferd
seanferd

ALT+F Enter, Enter may work just as well, as long as New and Folder are still at the top of their respective nested context menus. Or, ALT+FNF if New is N and not W. But Nick is correct.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Alt+F in Explorer opens the File menu, W is the shortcut key for New, and F is the shortcut key for Folder. On every one of my PCs, on all of the PCs I support, even on the one workstation used by a Flash developer, Folder is the first option. Edit: clarify

pobstar1
pobstar1

It is mention "Get it! Enjoy it! It's free for use at home!" The Pro version is not free.

seanferd
seanferd

1) Off the desktop 2) but in top level of explorer tree 3) personalized / unique 4) some people just like customizing the shell Why? A different example: What was the big deal about the File Manager after Win 3.1? Explorer. (MS liked the word so much they applied it to their internet browser.) What is the default action in Windows for double-clicking My Computer or any folder? Open! Kinda dumb, no? You need to reset the default action for folders to explore. What is still in the view pane? Big, stupid icons. Well, lets change that to details view so we can sort things easily, then make sure we Make All Folders Look Like This One, so we are not repeatedly confronted with this. Attributes column? File extensions? Hidden files? Really really hidden files? That is how it starts. That's why there are so many replacement shells and shell hacks. Folks just want things the way they want them. :)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

If you create the folder on the Desktop, it will appear in the Explorer folder tree in the left pane, near the bottom of the list (under the Recycle Bin). You shouldn't have to click through anything to see it.

gina4xoxoxo
gina4xoxoxo

I know that is the easiest thing to do, but then you might as well click through as you have to click on the Desktop on the left then. I want mine to appear just as the C, D, E drives do.. like Control Panel and My Documents do. I don't want to click on Desktop and then go through it that way. I know it sounds lazy, but at this point it is more of a challenge of getting it done and working rather than me just not wanting to click one extra time :O)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Now when you open Windows Explorer, it will appear in the directory listing.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Now you get the choice to copy, move, or create shortcut. Or start the drag and press the shift key; that was a Windows 98 function. Edit: or just go back and clean up behind yourself by deleting the folder.

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