How to create new folder on Windows 11

Windows 11 lets you create folders in several ways, and here's how on File Explorer, PowerShell, and Command Prompt.

Windows 11 create folder options
  • To create a new folder on Windows 11, click the New menu and select the “Folder” option in File Epxlorer.
  • Use the “Ctrl + Shift + N” keyboard shortcut.
  • Right-click on the location, select New and choose the “Folder” option.
  • Use the “mkdir newFolder” command on Command Prompt.
  • Use the “New-Item -Path “c:\” -Name “newFolder” -ItemType “directory”” on PowerShell.

On Windows 11, folders are essential to group files and other folders to organize contents on the computer, and you have many ways to create one.

Although creating a folder may be easy for most people, it’s not the case for everyone. Also, you cannot only create folders from File Explorer, but you can also complete this task from Command Prompt, PowerShell, and even from the Desktop.

In this guide, you will learn five ways to create folders on Windows 11.

Create new folder in File Explorer on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can create folders in at least three ways, while in File Explorer, you can use the command bar, keyboard shortcut, and context menu.

Command bar

To create a new folder in File Explorer, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. Open the folder location (such as Documents).

  3. Click the New menu and select the Folder option.

    Create folder from toolbar

  4. Confirm a name for the new folder and press Enter.

Keyboard shortcut

Alternatively, you can also use a keyboard shortcut on Windows 11:

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. Open the folder location (such as Documents, Desktop, etc.).

  3. Use the Ctrl + Shift + N keyboard shortcut.

    Create folder with shortcut

  4. Confirm a name for the new folder and press Enter.

Context menu

To create a new folder on Windows 11 from the context menu, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. Open the folder location (such as Documents, Desktop, etc.).

  3. Right-click on the location, select New, and choose the Folder option.

    Create folder from context menu

  4. Confirm a name for the new folder and press Enter.

Once you complete the steps, the folder will be created in the location.

You can also right-click on the “Desktop” and select the “New” menu to find the “Folder” option.

Create new folder with Command Prompt on Windows 11

To create a new directory with Command Prompt, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to create a new folder and press Enter:

    mkdir "FOLDER-NAME"

    In the command, replace “FOLDER-NAME” with the name of the folder you want to create. The quotation marks are only necessary if the name contains spaces. This example creates the “myFiles” folder in the C drive:

    mkdir myFiles

    Create folder from Command Prompt

After you complete the steps, the directory will be created in the path, and it’ll be also accessible from File Explorer.

You can also use the explorer FOLDER-NAME command to open the location in File Explorer.

Create new folder with PowerShell on Windows 11

To create a new folder with a PowerShell command, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to create a new folder and press Enter:

    New-Item -Path "PATH-TO-FOLDER" -Name "FOLDER-NAME" -ItemType "directory"

    In the command, replace “PATH-TO-FOLDER” with the path where to create the folder, and “FOLDER-NAME” with the name of the folder you want to create. This example creates the “myFiles” folder in the C drive:

    New-Item -Path "c:\" -Name "myFiles" -ItemType "directory"

    Create folder from PowerShell

Once you complete the steps, PowerShell will create the directory in the path you specified.