How to Change the Default Folder Name in Windows 10

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

If you prefer, you can change that, and here’s how:

Open the Run box. Enter regedit, then press Enter. Press Yes on the UAC popup.

Back up the registry before proceeding.

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

Find and right-click on the Explorer key in the left pane. Select New > Key.

Enter the name as NamingTemplates and then press Enter.

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

Enter the name as RenameNameTemplate and then press Enter.

Double-click it and then specify the default folder name you prefer 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 can see the new default folder name you have set.

Read: How to rename a folder in Windows 10


Remember that not only the default folder name but also 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.”

In case, if you want to keep the default folder name and add something as a prefix or suffix, 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.

Read: How to launch File Explorer Options

If you want the date to be the default folder name, proceed as follows:

Make sure your current date is shown in hyphens. If not, change it to hyphens, and here’s how:

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

Click Region on the left sidebar.

Hit the Change data formats link.

Open the drop-down list of “Short date” and select one of the desired hyphen formats.

Now, open the registry editor. Backup registry before proceeding.

Extend the following: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > Directory.

Right-click on the shell key.

Select New > Key. Provide the name as Folder or something you like and then press Enter.

Now, right-click on the Folder key and select 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.

Now go to the 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.

If you prefer to remove this option from the context menu, then delete the first key you created. In our case it is Folder.