How to Fix Missing Create New Folder Context-Menu in Windows

After installing a software on my Windows computer, suddenly the ability to create new folders by right-clicking in a folder and selecting New → Folder disappeared in Windows. This was a very annoying trouble as I was not able to create new folders easily in Explorer, instead I was forced to open the command prompt and create folders using the mkdir command. But after sometime, I figured out the problem and fixed it. Here is how you can fix the missing create new folder feature in the context-menu of Windows Explorer:

How to Fix Missing Create New Folder Context-Menu in Windows

  1. Press the key combination Win + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog. In the Run dialog, type regedit and press Enter. This would start the Windows Registry Editor.

    How to Fix Missing Create New Folder Context-Menu in Windows

  2. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder

    How to Fix Missing Create New Folder Context-Menu in Windows

  3. Double-click on the Default value in the right-side panel and change its value to Folder.
  4. That’s it. You have restored the missing New → Folder context-menu in Windows Explorer. You may have to wait for sometime, or restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

You can also download the registry script missing_new_folder.zip, extract the contents of ZIP file and double-click on missing_new_folder.reg to automatically make the changes. You should note that the above instructions work only in case if a software has messed up the default value in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder registry key.