How to change the default folder name in Windows 10 or Windows 11

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How to change the default folder name on Windows 10 or Windows 11

Follow the steps below to change the default folder name in Windows 10 or Windows 11:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type 'regedit' in the dialog box and hit Enter.
  3. In the Windows Registry, go to the following path:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  4. Right-click on the 'Explorer' folder and click on New > Key to create a new folder named "NamingTemplates," and hit Enter.
  5. Now select New > String Value 
  6. Click on the newly created file, enter a suitable name in the "Value data" section, and hit Enter.

A folder in Windows acts as a useful storage area for multiple of Windows files and folders. Think of it as a storage box in your home, where you can throw in all your stuff to keep everything neat and tidy.

On Windows, when you create a new folder, it gets named “New folder” by default. Now, while this in itself is not that much of a big deal, things can get a bit messy when you create more of such folders.

Fortunately, you can easily edit this default name setting. Let’s learn how.


Using Windows Registry to change the default folder 

The Windows Registry is a database that stores low-level data about your Windows operating system.

Interestingly, you can also use it to change the default folder name on your system. But, before you get started with the changes, we’d advise you to back up your Registry.

After you've backed up the settings, follow the steps below to open the Windows Registry:

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows key + R shortcut. 
  2. In the dialog box, type in ‘regedit,’ and hit Enter.

When the Registry Editor opens up, enter the following address path at the top of the Registry address bar:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Now, right-click on the "Explorer" folder and select New > Key to create a new directory. Name the new directory as “NamingTemplates”. Then, right-click anywhere on the blank white screen of your newly created directory and select New > String Value.

Creating a new directory in windows

Changing the default folder name in windows 10 or windows 11

Set the name of the new file as ‘RenameNameTemplate’ and hit Enter.

Finally, to set the name of the folder, click on this newly created file. When the file opens up, put in a name you’d like to use for your new folders in “Value data” and hit Enter (or click on OK). For example, we've used 'Shaant's folder' here.

And that’s it, folks. Now, whenever you’ll try to create a new folder, the folder will be assigned this new name, instead of a default 'New folder' one.

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Hopefully, the short article from above helped you mix things up by changing the default folder name.

But, what if you’d like to go back to the old ways? Or maybe, you now want to switch to some other new name. In that case, all you’ve to do is simply delete the “NamingTemplates” directory that you created earlier. Do this, and you’ll be back to the default folder naming convention.

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