Create New Folder option in Windows 7 is missing

So you go to create a new folder in Windows 7, usually in Windows Explorer by clicking on the New Folder button. Nothing happens. So you right-click on the screen, and New Folder isn’t there anymore. What?

This can happen after installing and uninstalling specific applications that affect creating folders. Sometimes an application will install other apps (this is called shovelware) and these other apps can remove the create new folder functionality, inadvertently or purposely.

This might a registry edit to fix. Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it.

Easy Method

Before that, let’s see if a simpler solution will work.

  1. Open a Windows Explorer window by clicking on a folder
  2. Click Organize
  3. Click Folder and Search Options
  4. Click View
  5. Under Advanced Settings, select Launch Folder Windows in a Separate Process
  6. Click OK

Create New Folder option in Windows 7 is missing
Sometimes, this issue can be solved through Folder Options.

Now, click on an empty area, then click New, and see if Folder appears again. If not, we’ll have to apply a more technical solution.

First Registry Method

Open the registry editor. We have an article for more info on the Windows Registry, if this seems daunting. Remember to be very careful with what you do here.

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. Type regedit and press Enter
  4. Click the little arrow next to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
  5. Scroll down until you find Folder and click on it
  6. Right click on each of the entries under Name and click Modify…
  7. Here’s what each of them should have under Value Data.

    (Default) should contain Folder

    EditFlags should contain d2 03 00 00

    FullDetails should contain:


    ThumbnailCutoff should contain dword:00000000

    TileInfo should contain prop:System.Title;System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemType

  8. After you’re done, click View, then Refresh to verify your changes. This should bring back the Folder menu when you right click or click New Folder.

Create New Folder option in Windows 7 is missing
This is the part of the Registry Editor you’re looking for.

Another Registry Method

If this doesn’t work, try clicking through the registry to the following folder:


Under (Default), look for the following:


If the above value is not present:

  1. Right click (Default)
  2. Click Modify…
  3. enter the above text under Value Data

Create New Folder option in Windows 7 is missing
Modify the value with the text provided.

One or both of these approaches should work for restoring proper folder functionality to Windows 7. Good luck!

Remember, future registry issues can always be worked out with a good registry clean from Registry Reviver. Good luck!

  • Wyatt F

    I have been having this problem for a while now and have tried myriad solutions to fix it. However, none have worked. When I use your registry methods, regedit tells me “Cannot edit: Error writing the value’s new contents.” Additionally, other methods have suggested that I manually add something to the registry through a .reg file on my desktop. This also, does not work, giving me the error message “Cannot import ….DesktopNewFolder.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes.
    Can you help?

  • Michael Marichal

    muy buena explicacion y encontre todo lo que decias pero cuando voy a crear una nueva carpeta sigue sin poder crearla,si estas opciones que dijiste no me funcionan,que mas puedo hacer?

  • safira

    obrigado funcionou perfeitamente apenas a ultima chave direta chamada NEW, mas antes eu segui todos os procedimentos anteriores que voce ensinou :)

  • Kateřina Trávníčková

    Ahoj, díky za článek, vyzkoušela jsem první dvě možnosti, až třetí se jeví, že bude jádrem pudla, avšak pod “Directory/Background/shellex/ContextMenuHandlers” mi kompletně chybí podsložka “New” – což bude zřejmě příčinou toho, že nemohu vytvářet ve složkách prakticky nic. Neptejte se mne, jak se mi to povedlo, jde o služební NTB, bohužel mi na něj svýma nenechavýma pracičkama hňápou i potomci mého nadřízeného a nemohu s tím nic dělat. Takže dotaz. Lze v registrech založit novou složku? Jak? Díky. K.

  • shaurya singh

    in the alternate registry method when i go to regedit HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryBackgroundshellexContextMenuHandlersNew there is no ‘new’ under the contextmenuhandlers folder (and all other methods are not helping)

  • Same trouble.

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  • does not work

  • Cuz they hacked it

  • Shai Wea Ea

    Perfect. It works! Thank You a lot!

  • Johnny

    Thanks. Worked for me on both Windows 7 and 10. Remember to insert the brackets “{ }” when you “modify” the “Value Data” in the second part of the registry editing. You must have {D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719} if you just put the number D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719 by itself, it will not work. A couple of other things I noticed were that that in the first part of the registry editing in the description it says “here is what the value data should say for each item” each Value Data. Then lists all the things you can copy paste into your data value areas. Well I compared my window to the picture provided of the “Registry Editor” and it was exactly the same except for the last sentence in the “Title Info”. I tried to use the verbiage provided under “here’s what the value data should say….” for the Title Info portion, but it didn’t work, and what mine initially said didn’t work either, so I typed in what was showing in the picture provided in the description of the Regedit, and with that it finally worked. It’s kind of hard to read but it says: “prop:System.Title;System.HomeGroup.Sharing.Status” copy and paste it just like I put it here except for the quotation marks so, prop:System.Title;System.HomeGroup.Sharing.Status is how it should look and I think this may solve the problem for some of you who have followed all the directions and still can’t get back your right click “New Folder” ability. The other thing I noticed was that in the first part of the registry editing it says that: the ThumbnailCutoff should contain dword:00000000. On mine it would not allow me to type that many characters into the space, and if I hit enter with the few characters I could type in, I would get some weird number and the new folder option was not revived. So to fix this problem if you run into it, simply type a zero into the value data area and it will give you a 0x00000000 (0) in the Data column. Be sure it is on “Hexadecimal” before you click OK to close the ThumbnailCutoff modification window. It should naturally be on “Hexadecimal” but check just to make sure that it is. Hope this helps some of you who are having a hard time getting things to work for you.

    Johnny_The_Windows _Guru
    Since Windows 2.10 – (Circa 1988)

  • Johnny

    When you get to the ContextMenuHandlers folder, right click on it and pick “new” and when you pick “new” a sub menu will pop out, pick “key”. A folder will appear under ContextMenuHandlers called “New Key #1”. Left click on the new key folder once adns this should bring up in the right side window your new key. Right click on (Default) and pick “modify”. In the “value data” area copy/paste {D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719} into that area. Click ok. Then go to view at the top click on it and pick refresh, all done.

  • Tamer Akl

    thanks very much really excellant

  • Tamer Akl

    dont make doubel click only one click

  • Sackbutt

    I had this problem recently, but only on a particular folder, My Documents>ebooks. Explorer didn’t show the New Folder option, and New> didn’t list Folder.
    The quick method didn’t change anything, and I could not find either HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT>Folder>Name or any ref. to ebooks in the registry. I checked the folder properties, made sure there were no Read-only flags, and that I had full access.
    Now, I had gone in via Start>Documents>ebooks. I tried instead the “hard” way: on Start, Open Windows Explorer, & thence to the ebooks folder. “New Folder” was enabled, and worked! So I have a workaround, but I’m still scratching my head.
    P.S. I had WinRAR open at the time but in a completely separate folder.
    PPS. After successfully creating the subfolder I wanted, I went back to the original window – still open – which HADN’T had the New Folder button, and it was there! Go Figure.

  • Adelino

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT Directory Background shellex ContextMenuHandlers New

    Sob (Padrão), procure o seguinte:


    Se o valor acima não estiver presente:

    Botão direito do mouse (padrão)

    Clique em Modificar …

    digite o texto acima em Dados do Valor

    O segredo é que tem que colocar entre chaves: {}

    Depois da alteração clik F5 (Salvar a alteração)

    Pra mim funcionou.

  • li1prince

    жесткий перевод. даже часть реестра переведена =))

  • Richard Watson

    it still does nothing

  • Andres Mauricio Mesa Giraldo

    Hi guy, thanks for your comment, it work perfectly.

  • Do Eu

    lol, i fix mine by opening windows explorer then restore default. boom fix.



  • John Barrow

    I had this problem too and your fix worked; job done. Many thanks.

  • BarbaraG69

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH! The first registry value fixed my issue. I have been dealing with this for years now. You are my HERO!!! Thank you!

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