How to Create Folders in Windows 8.1 to Organize Your Files - dummies

How to Create Folders in Windows 8.1 to Organize Your Files

By Peter Weverka, Mark Justice Hinton

Don’t worry too much about creating folders, because the folders Windows 8.1 provides may be all you ever need. As you accumulate more files, however, placing them into other folders may help you stay organized.

In the Documents folder, for example, you might create a subfolder called Finances for files related to income, expenses, and investments, and another subfolder called Family for family-related documents. Which folders and subfolders to create and how to name them depends entirely on your own sense of order.

  1. In the File Explorer navigation pane, select the Documents folder.

  2. On the Home tab, select the New Folder button. An icon for the new folder appears in the content area on the right, with the name New folder next to it and already selected.


    On a touchscreen, the virtual keyboard doesn’t appear on the desktop until you select the keyboard icon on the right side of the taskbar.

  3. Type practice folder as the new name.

    Don’t move the cursor or mouse before you start typing. Your new text will replace the highlighted text automatically. Press the Enter key to make the new name stick.

  4. Open your new folder by double-clicking or double-tapping its icon. The content area is empty.

  5. To return to the Documents folder, select Documents in the navigation pane.