How to Change Default Folder Name in Windows 10

In Windows 10, the default folder name is New folder.

You can change that if you prefer:

Open the Run Box by pressing Windows + R. Enter regedit, then press Enter. Press Yes on the UAC popup.

I suggest that you back up the Registry before proceeding.

Extend the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion.

Right-click the Explorer key in the left pane, then select New > Key.

Enter NamingTemplates as the name, and then press Enter.

Right-click on the empty area in the right pane and select New > String Value.

Enter RenameNameTemplate and then press Enter.

Double-click it and type the default folder name in the Value data field.

Make sure that the default folder name you entered does not contain these characters: / \ : ? * ” > < | ‘

Press the OK button.

That’s all.

If you create a new folder now, you will see the default folder name you set.


In addition to the default folder name, the default name of “all things” has been changed by following the steps above.

Right-click on the blank area of the desktop and then move the mouse over the New to find the above-mentioned “all things.”

If you wish to keep the default folder name but add something as a suffix or prefix, proceed as follows:

Follow the steps above, but enter the desired name and %s as a prefix or suffix in the Value data field.

For example, TR %s. This will provide the default folder name as TR New folder.

If you prefer to return, delete the “NamingTemplates” or “RenameNameTemplate” key or delete the existing one and specify the %s in the Value data field of RenameNameTemplate.

If you want the date to be the default folder name, follow these steps:

Make sure your current date is in hyphens. If not, follow these steps to make it hyphenated:

Right-click on the date and then hit Adjust date/time.

Click Region on the left sidebar.

Hit the Change data formats link.

Choose the desired hyphen format from the drop-down list, “Short date.”

Now, open the Registry Editor. I suggest that you back up the Registry before proceeding.

Extend the following: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > Directory.

Right-click on the shell key.

Select New > Key, enter a name, like Folder, and then press Enter.

Now right-click the Folder key and choose New > Key.

Enter the name as command and then press Enter.

Now in the right pane, double-click on the (Default). In the Value data field, provide the following: cmd.exe /c md “%1/%%date%%”

Press the OK button.

Restart the File Explorer.

That’s all.

Go to your desktop or File Explorer, and then right-click on the folder you want.

In the context menu, you’ll see the option you created. In our case, it’s Folder. Click on it, and you’ll find a new folder with the date within that folder.

Delete the first key you created, Folder in our case, to remove this option from the context menu.

I hope this guide, “How to Change Default Folder Name in Windows 10,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.