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How to create new folder in "File Explorer"?

  1. #1


    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 64-bit

    How to create new folder in "File Explorer"?


    Hello,

    I just got a new Windows 8.1 laptop, and went to File Explorer, and I see there 6 folders (desktop, downloads, music, documents, pictures, videos). under that I see my drive letters (C: and E and under that the network locations.

    I try to create new folder at the area of the 6 folders, like I was able in Windows 7, but when I right-click with mouse in that area of the 6 folders, I just don't get the option to create a new folder.

    Is there a way to open File Explorer like the old fashion way of Windows 7 and just create folders there?

    Thanks

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello mibaup,

    By default, you cannot create new folders in "This PC" since it's not an actual folder. You would need to open a folder first, then you will be able to create a new folder as usual.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    So there is no more "My documents"? I mean, where am I supposed to create the new folder? On desktop? Or maybe inside one of the 6 folders that already exist in "This PC"?
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  4. #4


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    As stated above, Windows will not allow you to create folders in "This PC" . However, You can use a third party program:
    Optimize, tweak, clean, speed up and repair Windows 8 - Windows 8 Manager
    then you can create anything under This PC. In the screenshot below, I created 2 folders, 2 System Items, an add Photoshop to This PC:

    Click image for larger version
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  5. #5


    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    And without a 3rd party option? Is there a way to see more folders near the 6 existing folders? (Or maybe I have to create for example a folder inside "Documents" and so on?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    If you like, look under "This PC..." for some tutorials on how to add a few items to "This PC" to help if any are some you may wish to add.

    Windows 8 - Tutorial Index

    Otherwise, it would be a lot easier to use a 3rd party program to add items to "This PC" than trying to do so manually.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    I will check what's the easiest , so far I just create folders inside the "Documents" main folder..
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  8. #8


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    If you are good with registry. You can manually create it but it is a tedious process.
    First you need to create a Unique CLSID under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ then setup all the options for it.
    You also have to add this CLSID to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

    For 64 bit Windows you will also add to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpa ce

    Here's an example to add a folder, where I set to "D:\My Own Stuff":
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-123456733947}]
    @="Windows 8 BG"
    "InfoTip"="D:\\My Own Stuff"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-123456733947}\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Windows\\system32\\imageres.dll,3"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-123456733947}\InProcServer32]
    @="shdocvw.dll"
    "ThreadingModel"="Both"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-123456733947}\Instance]
    "CLSID"="{0afaced1-e828-11d1-9187-b532f1e9575d}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-123456733947}\Instance\InitPropertyBag]
    "Attributes"=dword:00000015
    "Target"=hex(2):44,00,3a,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,6f,00,77,00,73,00,20,\
      00,38,00,20,00,42,00,47,00,00,00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-123456733947}\ShellEx]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-123456733947}\ShellEx\PropertySheetHandlers]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-123456733947}\ShellEx\PropertySheetHandlers\tab 1 general]
    @="{21b22460-3aea-1069-a2dc-08002b30309d}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-123456733947}\ShellEx\PropertySheetHandlers\tab 2 customize]
    @="{ef43ecfe-2ab9-4632-bf21-58909dd177f0}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-123456733947}\ShellEx\PropertySheetHandlers\tab 3 sharing]
    @="{f81e9010-6ea4-11ce-a7ff-00aa003ca9f6}"
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  9. #9


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
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    If you wish, you can use this template that I set to create a folder called System32 in "This PC" then Modify 3 places in the registry as shown in the screen shot.

    IMPORTANT: Make a backup of the registry before you try it.

    Unzip the Attachement then double click to merge into the registry.

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version

    On the first screen, The name of the Folder is set to: System32
    InfoTip is set to: C:\Windows\System32

    On the 2nd screen, The target is actually the folder: C:\Windows\System32 that you want to Open.

    Just Modify these 3 items then you should have a folder in "This PC"

    To create additional folder: you can use the same template but globally add 1 to the CLSID in AddClass.reg and in 32.reg.
    Fore example the current CLSID: {00000000-0000-0000-0000-123456748807}
    then Use: {00000000-0000-0000-0000-123456748808} for the next folder
    Merge again into registry and modify the 3 items again as needed.
    How to create new folder in "File Explorer"? Attached Files
    Last edited by topgundcp; 08 Oct 2014 at 22:00.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Thank you very much ! But I think I'll just stick to creating folders inside the main folders without messing with registry
    Maybe in Windows 10 it will change.. Btw, Is Windows 10 going to be an update for Windows 8.1 just like 8.1 was an update for 8?
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