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To store new information in a file cabinet, you grab a manila folder, scrawl a name across the top, and start stuffing it with information. To store new information in Windows 8 — a new batch of letters to the hospital’s billing department, for example — you create a new folder, think up a name for the new folder, and start stuffing it with files.

To create a new folder quickly, click Home from the folder’s toolbar buttons and choose New Folder from the Ribbon menu. If you can’t find the right menus, though, here’s a quick and foolproof method:

  1. Right-click inside your folder (or on the desktop) and choose New.

    The all-powerful right-click shoots a menu out the side.

  2. Select Folder.

    When you choose Folder, a new folder quickly appears, waiting for you to type a new name.

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  3. Type a new name for the folder.

    A newly created folder bears the boring name of New Folder. When you begin typing, Windows 8 quickly erases the old name and fills in your new name. Done? Save the new name by either pressing Enter or clicking somewhere away from the name you’ve just typed.

    If you mess up the name and want to try again, right-click the folder, choose Rename, and start over.

  • Certain symbols are banned from folder (and file) names. The “Using legal folder names and filenames” sidebar spells out the details, but you never have trouble when using plain old letters and numbers for names.

  • Shrewd observers notice that Windows offers to create many more things than just a folder when you click the New button. Right-click inside a folder anytime you want to create a new shortcut or other common items.

  • Cautious observers may remark that their right-click menu looks different than the one shown. There’s nothing wrong; installed programs often add their own items to the right-click list, making the list look different on different PCs.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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