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How to Create Folders In Windows XP

Updated on May 11, 2016
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Patrick is a dedicated technology writer who wishes to make the world better by informing individuals who seek more knowledge.

Working With Folders

A folder is a storage position in a disk used to hold or store information. They enable users to organize their work articulately and the way they want it to be. Folders can store files, documents, letters, reports, music, movie, pictures and many more. A lower level folder is referred to as sub-folder. In old days when working with DOS, folders were referred to as directories.

Creating Folders

Folders can be created in many areas like for example on your desktop, windows explorer, removable hard drive, on your flash disk and other areas. We will start by learning how to create a folder on the simplest of all places, your desktop.

Creating a new folder
Creating a new folder | Source

Creating a Folder on The Desktop

To create a folder on the desktop, do the following:-

  1. Right click on an empty space on your desktop.
  2. On the short cut menu that appears, move down and locate new, click on it and move straight,
  3. Select or click on folder.
  4. Once you get the new folder option write or type the name of the folder you want to create. Then click anywhere on your desktop.

Note: For you to get used, create more than 10 folders on your desktop giving them the names you want.

Creating a Subfolder

A sub-folder is a folder within a folder. You can create as many sub-folders as you wish.


  1. Open the folder you want to have a subfolder. You can double click to open or right click on the folder and select open. It is good to use the double click option because it does not involve lots of steps.
  2. Once you open the folder, right click on an empty space and select new.
  3. Click on folder.
  4. Type the name of the folder.

You can continue creating subfolders in same way. It is just a matter of opening the folder in which you want to create a subfolder and then creating your subfolder.

Type the name of the new folder
Type the name of the new folder | Source
Renaming a folder
Renaming a folder | Source

Renaming Folders

After creating a folder with a certain name, for example Africa, it is possible to rename it to something else, lets say, America. The process is easy, right click on the folder you want to rename and then select rename. Then type the new name you want.

Copying and Pasting Folders

You can create a copy of your folder (duplicating). This achieved by, right clicking on the folder you want to copy, select copy, go to where you want to paste and then right click and paste. If you paste on the same place as the original folder, it will have the name copy of, then the name of the file you were copying.

Moving Folders

If you want to move a folder completely, you use the option of cut.


  1. Right click on the folder you want to move.
  2. Select cut.
  3. Go to the place you want to have your folder.
  4. Right click on an empty space.
  5. Click on paste.

The folder and its contents, if it had some, move to the new location. No copy is left behind.

Deleting Folders

Once you create folders, you might need to delete them.


  • Right click on the folder you want to delete.
  • Select delete.
  • You will get a dialogue box asking if you are sure you want to delete your folder and its contents.
  • You click on yes.

Recovering Deleted Items From the Recycle Bin

Deleted files and folders are taken to recycle bin. You can be able to retrieve any items you have deleted from the recycle bin.


  1. Locate the recycle bin icon on your desktop.
  2. Right click on it and select open.
  3. Locate the file you want to restore
  4. Right click the file and then select restore.

Your file will be restored back to the original position.

You can restore all the items in the recycle bin by using the recycle bin tasks options on the left hand side. There is also an option of emptying your recycle bin.

Note: - You can delete an item permanently without it going to the recycle bin. This option should be used with a lot of caution. Use a combination of your keyboard keys shift and delete. Don’t ask me where it goes, I will tell you it goes to hell. Once you delete your file like this, you won’t be able to recover it unless you use software recovery tools. So don’t hate me if you end up shift deleting one of your most important documents and you can’t retrieve it.

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      Patrick Kamau 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks a lot guest for reading and commenting. I am glad that you liked it.

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      guest 5 years ago

      nice and basic

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      Patrick Kamau 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      itsvssudheesh, thanks a lot for reading and commenting. Your words are an encouragement and fuel to keep me going. All the best.

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      itsvssudheesh 5 years ago from kochi,kerala, india

      It was a nice piece of information. Thank you my dear friend