This wikiHow teaches you how to create a new, empty folder on both Windows and Mac computers.

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Windows

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    Go to the area where you want to create the folder. The easiest example is your computer’s desktop, but you can create a folder anywhere on your computer.

    • You can open File Explorer by clicking the Start menu
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      and type in “file explorer”, and then click

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      File Explorer at the top of the Start menu. From there, you can select any folder to open from the left-hand pane.

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    Right-click on a blank space. Doing so opens a drop-down menu. Make sure you don’t right-click on a file or folder instead, as this will open the wrong drop-down menu.

    • If you’re in an existing folder (e.g., Documents), you can also click the Home tab on the top-left side of the File Explorer window and click New Folder in the toolbar that appears.
    • If you’re on a computer with a trackpad instead of a mouse, click the trackpad with two fingers to perform a right-click.
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    Select New. This option is near the bottom of the drop-down menu and opens another pop-out menu.
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    Click Folder. It’s at the top of the pop-out menu.
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    Type in a name for your folder and press  Enter. This creates the folder with its new name.

    • The folder’s name cannot contain any special punctuation or other characters.[1]
    • If you don’t type in a name, your folder will be saved as “New Folder”.

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Mac

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    Go to the area where you want to create the folder. Your Mac’s desktop is usually the easiest place to create a folder, but you can create a folder almost anywhere.

    • You can open Finder, which resembles a blue face at the bottom of the screen, and then go to any place you want to make a new folder, such as Documents.
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    Click File. This menu item is in the upper-left side of your Mac’s screen.
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    Click New Folder. This creates a new folder in your current location.

    • You can also right-click on an empty space using a mouse or click using two fingers on a computer with a trackpad. Make sure you don’t right-click on a file or folder instead, as this will open the wrong drop-down menu.
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    Type in a name for your folder and press  Return. This creates the new folder with its new name.

    • You cannot use the “:” or “?” characters when naming a folder on a Mac.