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CAN'T CREATE "NEW FOLDER"

by LadyCleo1950 / April 3, 2013 1:10 AM PDT

WINDOWS 7
All of a sudden I can not create a folder. When I
click on "New Folder" my only options are New Brief case or Zip
Folder. Can someone help?




Folder_New_Context_Menu_Item.zip Solution did not
work.



Malwarebytes Anti-Malware


I followed the instructions. I ran virus software to
make sure my system was clean and it was. I ran registry cleaner, didn't resolve.
I rebooted and still when I click on "New Folder", nothing happens
and when I "right" click and then "New" it says "Brief
Case". I have no clue what to do now??????? "";

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Clarification Request
What about the other ways?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2013 1:16 AM PDT

I see a New Folder in Explorer.
I can create a folder at the command line.
I see a New Folder in many apps when I use the file open command.

Do all those fail?
Bob

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Clarification Request
Please give details about what you're trying
by wpgwpg / April 3, 2013 1:43 AM PDT

As Bob points out, there're lots of ways to create new folders, but you haven't said which one you're trying and what errors you're getting. I wish I had my crystal ball working, but my dog broke it.
Here's how I usually create a new folder:
- I click the yellow icon on the taskbar to open Explorer (3rd from the left corner)
- I click on the place I want to create a new folder (i.e. C:, My Documents, Pictures, etc.)
- I press the ALT button to get the menu bar, then click File -> New -> Folder
- That creates the folder in the place I highlighted and I type the name I want and press the enter button.

That's by no means the only way, but It's always worked for me since the Windows 95 days.

Good luck.

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Still can not create a New Folder anywhere..
by CShasta / April 27, 2013 9:30 AM PDT

I was hopeful this would be solution,,,it wasn't. Whatever could have happened to ability? I've been trying different solutions for several days.. Microsoft seems not to want deal with this issue.... WTH? Any other ideas...can a script be downloaded to add to program..? Can I buy the folder ... :)?

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New Folder Win 7 My Solution
by Deberah / May 29, 2013 2:44 AM PDT

I had the same problem. I found this solution. Works for me.

Right click on blank space on desktop.
Click-File Menu to open.
Click- Create New Folder.
Enter any name or number for the folder.
Click O.K.
Folder is saved on your DESKTOP.
It can now be put into any folder or library you want.
Open location you want to put folder in
Slide folder from desktop to new location
Rename folder
Open and put what you want in it.

I made several New Folders on my desktop and numbered them and slid them to the right side of my desktop .
Open where you want to put the new folder and slide it from your desktop. Open, save contents, close, rename.
Works for me until Microsoft fixes it.

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I'm having the same problem.
by ninenutz / August 18, 2013 6:07 AM PDT

My twist is I can create a new folder in Windows Explorer, in the desktop window, but if I right-click the desktop itself, it won't let me make that choice. Frustrating and puzzling.

I'm running windows 7 on a Dell laptop.

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By the way. That's a Context Menu.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 18, 2013 6:27 AM PDT

And given so many workarounds and thousands of posts about this I wonder if folk are not used to working around this old issue. Fixing it is possible but my question is simply, has Windows time come and gone? There is no fixit button that works all the time and malware is corrupting odd things with Windows so maybe it is time to move on?
Bob

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Answer
Not a solution
by CShasta / April 27, 2013 9:32 AM PDT

Have you found one? I am going crazy. Nothing seems to work. I have the exact same problem as you. I can't create new folder anywhere...documents, pictures....nowhere!
Thank you for any help you can give.
Llia

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Back up your data and restore to factory settings
by wpgwpg / April 27, 2013 9:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Not a solution

That's the best advice I can give you. Something has obviously gone haywire with your software.
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Good luck.

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Answer
It's happened t me too
by tcaldwell001 / May 6, 2013 5:42 AM PDT

I can't create a regular folder either...I can create a zip or a briefcase one. The only way I can do it is copying a folder I already have and renaming it and delete everything in it. Why is this happening? I have a Sony Vaio E Series laptop with windows 7

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The only cause I'm encountering is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 6, 2013 6:45 AM PDT
In reply to: It's happened t me too

Registry cleaners. At least we have the noted methods such as command line and such to stand in.

But I understand that many can't use any of the alternatives.
Bob

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same problem
by MNeveu / May 6, 2013 11:18 PM PDT
In reply to: It's happened t me too

I had the same problem after some recent updates from windows and Java. Finally
after several days of going crazy, I did a uninstall of updates to the last date when I could make
new folders (around april 9th) and now I can make new folders everywhere needed. At this
time I do not know if it is Java or a Windows update as I'm afraid to reinstall them right now Sad

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CAN'T CREATE "NEW FOLDER"
by gbird1960 / May 10, 2013 8:52 AM PDT
In reply to: same problem

Thank you! Thank you!

I tried everything from system check to script downloaded.
once I removed java 7 it worked

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Answer
Had the same problem
by hashiff / May 7, 2013 2:52 AM PDT

Cleared it up with this:
answers.microsoft.com/.../windows_7.../new-folder-option-missing.

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Answer
Wrong url
by hashiff / May 7, 2013 4:07 AM PDT
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Yes, thats the right URL.
by hashiff / May 7, 2013 4:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Wrong url

Just click on it. No need to copy and paste. It worked like a charm. New folder option is back in the context menu.

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Finnnaalllyyyy
by dumpsterkraken / June 5, 2013 8:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Wrong url

This has been driving me crazy! Thanks so much!

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Answer
New Folder
by kzilla67 / June 19, 2013 3:48 AM PDT

What the reader "who can create New Folder" does not understand is the fact that some of have lost the option to create the new folder. It matters not whether you use the alt key to create the new folder or the menu icon. The option for a new folder is not there. All of the options are there except the "New Folder."

I am no longer able to Create New Folder. The option is now gone.

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my way, will give you your new folder option back for good
by dwilli14 / June 26, 2013 4:10 PM PDT
In reply to: New Folder

I had the same problem and just fixed mines myself. You don't have to do all the other crap that people are saying you have to do cause it won't work, my way will.

Open your Windows Explorer
Click "Organize" in the upper left corner
Click "Folder and Search Options"
At the top are 3 pages, "general, view,search"
Click on "View"
Go down to the "Advanced Settings"
Look for the check box that says "launch folder windows in a separate process"
Put a check in its check box, then click the "OK" button
Now go into one of your libraries: music, photos, videos, etc. and right click in an empty spot
Go down to "New" and the folder option will be available again
Hope this helps,
Sincerely, Marco Happy

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You are a life saver!

That was sooooo much easier than what other people were suggesting. I think a lot of them forget that not everyone majored in computer science at uni. Thank you for this simple and clever solution!

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Glad I could help!
by dwilli14 / July 3, 2013 9:38 AM PDT
In reply to: You are a life saver!

Glad I could help! A lot of the stuff ppl were saying probably do help, but you don't know if those softwares will be leaving behind hidden viruses and etc. So the key was to just go to the settings and fix it myself, and it worked!

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no oranize located in explorer 10.0.92
by bklynman37 / July 18, 2013 12:13 PM PDT

Open your Windows Explorer
Click "Organize" in the upper left corner <=====no such item top left or right in explorer 10
Click "Folder and Search Options" <======since no above than can not do this or next few lines
At the top are 3 pages, "general, view,search"
Click on "View"
Go down to the "Advanced Settings"

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not the internet
by dwilli14 / July 18, 2013 10:12 PM PDT

When I said windows explorer, I wasn't talking about your internet, I'm talking about the File folder that has all your music, photo, video, folders in it.

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New Folder Options
by froglennon / August 29, 2013 7:10 AM PDT

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you dwilli14!!!! This was simple and effective!!!!!

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Answer
Crapware
by cgwillis / June 19, 2013 5:21 AM PDT

Had the same issue on an employees workstation...it wound up being crapware that was installed (Ask Toolbar, Yontoo, Coupon Printer, etc.). Removed the software, ran the regFix in the post below (http://cid-be2a687d297ce921.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/Registry%20Keys/folderfix.zip) and it fixed the issue.

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Answer
Here's How You Fix It
by dwilli14 / June 26, 2013 4:08 PM PDT

I had the same problem and just fixed mines myself. You don't have to do all the other crap that people are saying you have to do cause it won't work, my way will.

Open your Windows Explorer
Click "Organize" in the upper left corner
Click "Folder and Search Options"
At the top are 3 pages, "general, view,search"
Click on "View"
Go down to the "Advanced Settings"
Look for the check box that says "launch folder windows in a separate process"
Put a check in its check box, then click the "OK" button
Now go into one of your libraries: music, photos, videos, etc. and right click in an empty spot
Go down to "New" and the folder option will be available again
Hope this helps,
Sincerely, Marco Happy

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This works
by joannb66 / July 3, 2013 1:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Here's How You Fix It

I had the same issue with not being able to create a new folder anywhere. This fix worked. Either that, or the Java update that I uninstalled at the same time worked. Thanks, Marco!

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No Problem!
by dwilli14 / July 3, 2013 9:30 PM PDT
In reply to: This works

your welcome! Grin

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still problems
by elizann71 / August 16, 2013 7:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Here's How You Fix It

Hi,
I tried this, & a couple of other ways that everyone is listing & I still can not get a new folder. I don't know what else to do.

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Did you try the old fashioned command line method?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2013 7:49 AM PDT
In reply to: still problems

I see many replies with great workarounds but for me the old fashioned way works. I didn't major in computer science either.
Bob

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