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 on 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 then 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.

Notes:

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 backup 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 will see the option you created. In our case it is Folder. Click on it and you will find a new folder with the date within that folder.

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

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