How to create a directory or folder

Microsoft Windows users
MS-DOS and Windows command line users
Linux and Unix and variant users
Microsoft Windows 3.X users

Microsoft Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7 users

Microsoft 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, and XP users can create a folder different ways, below is a listing of the different methods to create a folder.

My Computer

  1. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer
  2. Open the drive or folder you want to create a folder on, for example, the C: drive.
  3. If you do not want to create a folder in the root directory, browse to the location you want to create a folder, and then click File, then Folder; or right-click on a blank portion of the folder, click New and click Folder.

New Windows Desktop folderWindows Desktop

  1. Get to the Windows Desktop.
  2. Right-click on any blank portion of the Desktop.
  3. In the menu that appears (like that shown in the picture to the right) click New and the Folder.
  4. A new folder will appear, type the name of the folder you want to use and then press enter.

Windows command line

See the below MS-DOS and Windows command line users section for information about creating a directory in the Windows command line.

MS-DOS and Windows command line users

To create a directory in MS-DOS or the Windows command line use the md or mkdir MS-DOS command. For example, in the example below we are creating a new directory called hope in the current directory.

mkdir hope

Linux and Unix and variant users

To create a directory in Linux, Unix, or any variant use the mkdir Linux and Unix command. For example, in the example below we are creating a new directory called hope in the current directory.

mkdir hope

Microsoft Windows 3.X users

File Manager

  1. Open File manager
  2. Open the folder you want to create a folder in, and then click File and click new folder.

MS-DOS

See the above MS-DOS users section for information about creating a directory in MS-DOS.

Additional information

  • See the directory and folder definitions for further information and related links.