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Create a Folder -- XP Update

In Making a Folder -- I and Making a Folder -- II we cover the basics of creating a folder as seen in the Windows 98 world. As this short tutorial will demonstrate, creating a folder in XP is basically the same.

The first step in creating a new folder is to open Windows Explorer. You can open Windows Explorer in several ways.

  • Use Desktop Icon (if you have one)
  • Use Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Windows Explorer
  • Clicking on "Start" with right mouse button and selecting "Explore" from popup menu.
  • Use "Windows Key" + "E" (See shortcuts for more info)
[Note: Remember Windows Explorer is NOT the same as the Internet Explorer. IE is a browser. It is used for looking at files and pictures on the internet. Windows Explorer is a folder program used for looking at files, folders, pictures, etc. stored on your computer.]

Using the "Windows Key" and "E" key shortcut will bring up a window similar to the one on the left.

You'll notice a left side and a right side to this window.

Locate in the left side of the window the letter of the "disk" where you want to create the folder. For this demonstration, let's create the folder on the C: disk.

Using the mouse, left click on Local Disk (C:).

You'll notice in the image on the left, the Windows Explorer is now displaying an expanded view of the (C:) disk on the left and right.

[Note: Not all windows environments look the same. Depending upon how your system is configured your screen may look quite different. The basic structure will be the same, but some details may vary. That's the nature of personalized windows. To the left is how I like to see it. In the next image below is a sample of another display configuration.]
On the left side of Windows Explorer "Local Disk (C:)" is highlighted. You can tell by the grey (or sometimes blue) box around the phrase.

On the right side of Windows Explorer is displayed some of the contents of the Local Disk (C:).

To create a new folder click on the File menu option, then click on the New menu option. The next image displays the results.
The image on the left is the result of clicking on the File menu option, then clicking on the New menu option.

This presents us with a list of templates for the various types of new things we can create using the File/New menu option. This list is guaranteed to be different than your list. The list of options depends upon installed software and preferences. I keep my list to a bare minimum.

To create a new folder, click on the top option "Folder".

The image on the left shows a freshly created (brand new) folder.

You'll notice the folder icon in the lower right with the rename box opened and the words "New Folder" highlighted.

It is a very bad idea to leave the name as "New Folder". At this point you should type in the intended name for the folder.

In our example we choose to call the folder "FolderName".
After typing in the intended name for our new folder and pressing the "Enter" key, we are given the results displayed on the left.

We have a newly created folder.

The folder was created on "Local Disk (C:)".

The folder is ready for use.

There are many ways to create a folder. This is just one method. If you know a different or better method use that method.

When it comes to deciding where to create a folder:

  • We recommend putting document folders in the "My Documents" tree.
  • We recommend putting manually installed programs the "Local Disk (C:).
  • We recommend allowing programmatically installed programs to install themselves into the default location recommended by the installation program.