Shortcut to Create a New Folder in XP

Lifehacker posted about a tiny but useful feature of Windows 7 – a keyboard shortcut to create a new folder.

On Windows XP, it’s still missing. In the past I’ve always used a right click with wf. It gets the job done but it uses the mouse, which is slow. Now that Microsoft has given this a more or less official shortcut, I decided to emulate it on XP with AutoHotKey.

It’s extremely simple and after using it I wonder why I didn’t do it sooner.

Here’s the AutoHotKey code to make the magic happen.

^+n::send +{F10}wf


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  1. hello sir can you tell me it clearly i didntunderstand how to use it

    Comment by dharma on July 6, 2010 @ 3:01 am
  2. @dharma What part didn’t you understand?

    Comment by Dan on July 6, 2010 @ 2:37 pm
  3. i have downloaded it & executed but what is the shrtcut key you specified..?

    Comment by Paranthaman on April 21, 2012 @ 9:29 pm
  4. @Paranthaman It’s Ctrl-Alt-N.

    Comment by Dan on April 23, 2012 @ 10:24 am
  5. hello sir,plz give me the keyboard shortcut key for creating a new folder……

    Comment by Remya on May 10, 2012 @ 3:05 am
  6. @Remya Did you read the post?

    Comment by Dan on May 10, 2012 @ 9:58 am
  7. I press F10 and then F key and hit enter key twice, and that’s the easiest way I could create new folder in xp.

    Comment by Mawia on November 26, 2013 @ 10:41 am
  8. @Mawia Thanks. I don’t have any XP machines to try this on but it looks like a quick way to do it.

    Comment by Dan on November 26, 2013 @ 12:16 pm
  9. sir, may know how to create a new folder with shortcut keys

    Comment by suresh on March 13, 2015 @ 3:35 am
  10. in windows xp

    Comment by suresh on March 13, 2015 @ 3:36 am
  11. The real answer is not to use Windows XP. It’s no longer supported by Microsoft, meaning no more security updates. And there have already been some nasty ones discovered. But the AutoHotkey code I posted will work on XP.

    Comment by Dan on March 18, 2015 @ 1:23 pm

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