Since I started working with the Windows Explorer shell in Windows 95, I’ve often wondered why there isn’t a “New Folder” toolbar button.
Today, I was organizing some files and dragging-and-dropping them to other folders and occasionally, in the middle of a drag operation, realized that I needed to create the destination folder first.
The way sub-folders are created is currently a click, right-click, hover, and click process. Click once to put focus into the file area of the folder you want to be the container for the new folder. Right-click for the Properties menu, hover over New and then click Folder. Then type the name of the new folder.
The shell-provided file Save As common dialog has a new folder button on its limited toolbar. So why isn’t there one for Windows Explorer? Actually, I know the reason for that, at least what the usability people would say – that’s it would contribute to UI bloat. Nevertheless even things like the Full Screen option have a button and its functionality is even easier to get to; press F11.
Ideally, the context menu would have a new folder item as well. That way can scroll the folder tree to the destination folder, right click on it, choose New Folder and type in the new name. You wouldn’t have to navigate back to the source folder and the original method would stay valid.
I’m sure someone has written a shell extension to do this already. Does anyone have a pointer to an existing package?