Can’t Create New Folder in Windows 10 Fixes

Having trouble creating a new folder in Windows 10? Here are some fixes to help you resolve the issue.

Utilize Keyboard Shortcuts and Command Prompt

To create a new folder using a keyboard shortcut, simply navigate to the location where you want to create the folder in File Explorer and press Ctrl + Shift + N. This will instantly create a new folder in the current directory.

If the issue persists, you can use Command Prompt to create a new folder. Simply open Command Prompt by pressing Windows key + X and selecting “Command Prompt”. Then, navigate to the directory where you want to create the folder using the “cd” command and type mkdir foldername to create a new folder.

Using these keyboard shortcuts and Command Prompt can help you easily fix the issue of not being able to create a new folder in Windows 10.

Edit Registry and Check Folder Permissions

Windows registry editor

To check folder permissions, right-click on the folder you’re having trouble with and select Properties. Go to the “Security” tab, then click on “Edit“. If the account you’re using isn’t listed, click “Add” and type your username, then click “Check Names“. Once your username is confirmed, click “OK” and set the permissions accordingly.

Now you should be able to create new folders in Windows 10 without any issues. If not, you can also run a System File Checker scan by opening a Command Prompt as an administrator and typing “sfc /scannow“. This will scan and repair any corrupted system files that may be causing the problem.

Run System File Checker and Antivirus Scans

Step Description
1 Open Command Prompt as an administrator.
2 Run the command sfc /scannow and wait for the scan to complete.
3 If any issues are found, restart your computer.
4 Open your antivirus software and run a full system scan.
5 Quarantine or remove any detected threats.

Reset File Explorer and Folder View Settings

1. First, open File Explorer by pressing Windows Key + E on your keyboard.

2. Next, click on the View tab at the top of the window.

3. Then, click on the Options button on the right side of the ribbon.

4. In the Folder Options window that appears, go to the View tab.

5. Here, click on the Reset Folders button, and then click Yes to confirm.

6. Finally, click Apply and then OK to close the Folder Options window.

By following these steps, you can reset the File Explorer and folder view settings in Windows 10, which may help resolve issues with creating new folders.

If you’re still experiencing problems after resetting the settings, you may want to consider running a scan with your antivirus software, such as Microsoft Defender Antivirus, to check for any potential malware or system issues that could be causing the problem.

Troubleshoot with Clean Boot and System Restore

Clean Boot and System Restore options in Windows 10

If you are unable to create a new folder in Windows 10, you can try troubleshooting the issue using a Clean Boot or System Restore.

Clean Boot: To perform a Clean Boot, press the Windows key + R, type “msconfig” and press Enter. In the System Configuration window, go to the Services tab, check the “Hide all Microsoft services” box, and click “Disable all.” Then, go to the Startup tab and click “Open Task Manager.” Disable all the startup items, close the Task Manager, and click OK in the System Configuration window. Restart your computer and check if you can now create a new folder.

System Restore: If the issue persists, you can try using System Restore to revert your system to a previous point in time when it was working correctly. To do this, type “system restore” in the Windows search bar and click on “Create a restore point.” In the System Properties window, click on “System Restore” and follow the on-screen instructions to choose a restore point and restore your system.

By performing a Clean Boot and using System Restore, you can troubleshoot and potentially fix the issue of not being able to create a new folder in Windows 10.

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