How to Create a Folder on Mac


While we are constantly downloading and transferring files on our Mac, sooner or later, it becomes difficult to manage and keep track of all those files. Finding a file from your desktop can feel like attempting to find a needle in a haystack.

But what if this haystack was organized into small neat bundles or folders? This would make locating files much easier and make your Mac's desktop look much neater. In addition, the ease of access that folders provide helps us to keep our workflows running smoothly.

In this article, we will show you how to create folders on a Mac so you can start organizing your files right away!

Creating a Folder on the Desktop

You can create a folder on Mac in three different ways. We'll be discussing all three methods.

Note: For graphical representation purposes, we've used macOS Monterey. However, the process of making a folder in older macOS versions may not vary.

#Method 1: Using the Finder Menu Bar

The first method to create a folder on Mac is by using the Finder menu bar.

1. When your Mac boots up, the Finder app launches automatically. This is the default file manager on a Mac and is used to access and modify all the files stored on your computer. So, you'll see 'Finder' written on the right side of the Apple logo. (If by any chance that doesn't appear, click on the Finder app present in the dock)

2. Next, click the 'File' option on the immediate right of Finder in the menu bar.

3. Click on the 'New Folder' option from the drop-down menu.

4. The moment you click on that option, a new folder will be created by the name 'untitled folder.' Rename it and transfer all your data to that folder.

#Method 2: Using a mouse or trackpad

This is the easiest and most hassle-free form of creating new folders in seconds.

1. Boot your Mac, and on the desktop, look at the menu bar and make sure 'Finder' is written next to the Apple logo.

2. Then, right-click on the mouse or tap on the trackpad with two fingers. You'll see a drop-down menu. Select 'New Folder,' and voila, your new folder is created!

Just like in the first method, this folder will also be named 'untitled folder' by default. So, don't forget to rename it.

#Method 3: Using the Keyboard Shortcut

Creating folders quickly can be done by making use of a keyboard shortcut.

1. Start by pressing the keys 'Command + Shift + N' on the keyboard altogether.

2. As soon as you hit these keys, a new folder will pop up on the desktop with the name 'untitled folder.'

Can you create a folder inside Directories?

Yes, you can create sub-folders inside existing directories. You can easily open a new folder in Documents, Downloads, and even iCloud Drive.

To do so:

1. Open the Finder app on your Mac.

2. Then, locate the directory in which you want to create a new folder and click on it to open it. I want to create a folder inside Documents, so I've selected it here.

3. After that, click on the 'File' option in the menu bar and select 'New Folder.'

4. A new folder will be created; you can name it whatever you want.

Note: You can also use the trackpad and keyboard method in directories. Just open the directory and follow the same steps as mentioned in methods 2 and 3.

Mike Roberts

Hi, my name is Mike and I made this site to document all the helpful tips and tricks that I've discovered using various Apple Macs and other Apple products over the years, as well as to provide more general guides in relation to using the internet. I've been obsessed with Apple products ever since I could afford my first iPod, and am somewhat of a fanboy (you might have guessed). For me, the simply work without any fuss, issues or errors. I can rely on their products. The build quality is excellent and I even have several, several-year-old Macbooks in my wardrobe that are still humming along fine (just a bit slower). You can contact me personally using the form on this page.

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