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Change default New Folder name template in Windows 10

When you create a new folder in File Explorer of Windows 10, it is named "New Folder" by default. With a simple Registry tweak it is possible to customize this behavior and set the default name template to any text you want. Here is how.

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This the default name template for a new folder in Windows 10:Windows 10 default new folder name

To change the default name for a new folder in File Explorer, you need to do the following:

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following path:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\NamingTemplates

    Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.
    If you don't have the NamingTemplates subkey, then just create it.

  3. Create a string value named RenameNameTemplate. Set its value data as described below.
    By default, the value data of RenameNameTemplate is assumed to be
    New Folder

    You can set this value data to any desired string. For example, you can set the RenameNameTemplate value data to:

    New Directory

    After that, try to create a new folder:Windows 10 change new folder nameWindows 10 custom new folder name
    This has an annoying side effect. If you create a new text document, it will be also named "New Directory.txt".

    To avoid this, try to insert for the RenameNameTemplate value, a generic string such as <strong>%s</strong>. It will be replaced with the appropriate file name. For example, if you set RenameNameTemplate to:

    My %s

    then the new directory will be named My New Folder, and a blank new text file will get the name "My New Text Document.txt".Windows 10 custom new folder name sWindows 10 custom new folder name s in action

That's it. You should follow Windows file name limitations and not use any of the following characters in the RenameNameTemplate value:

\ / ? : * " > < |

Additionally, avoid these characters:

"  '  *

For some reason, it also causes the unexpected Explorer behavior.

To restore the default behavior of File Explorer, just delete the RenameNameTemplate value. This tweak should also work in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

10 thoughts on “Change default New Folder name template in Windows 10”

  1. Hi, just wondering, a bit off topic though, for example, in Windows Japanese version do the default “New Folder” name also in Japanese?

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