Create a folder in a document library

Creating folder in a SharePoint document library gives you an efficient way to group and manage your content, such as grouping reports by fiscal year or department. You can add folders to most types of SharePoint libraries.

Updated on November 30, 2016 thanks to customer feedback.

Create a folder in SharePoint Online

You use + New command to select Folder from a drop down to create a folder in SharePoint document libraries. A library owner or a user with design permissions can set whether the Folder command is enabled or not.

  1. Go to the location in the SharePoint document library where you want to create a new folder.

  2. On the menu bar, click + New and then click Folder.

    New Document Library Folder

    Note: Does your screen look different than this? Your administrator may have SharePoint Classic mode set on the document library. If so, see Create a folder in a SharePoint Classic mode library below.

  3. In the Folder dialog box, type a folder name in the Folder Name box and then click Create.

    New Document Library Folder Name

    Note: To change the folder name later on, click the ellipses ... , and then click Rename. Change the folder name in the Rename dialog, and then click Save.

    When done, you should see your new folder in the document library and can start adding files or creating subfolders within it. To add a new file, see Create a new file in a document library. To upload existing files, see Upload a folder or files to a document library.

    New Document Library Folder

  4. If you don't see your new folder in the library, refresh your browser.

Depending on your situation, you might consider using views instead of folders, because they enable content to be filtered, grouped, and sorted in multiple ways. If you have a large library , a combination of views and folders might work best. For more info on views, see Video: Create and edit public views of a list or library.

Create a folder in a SharePoint Classic mode library

  1. Navigate to the SharePoint site containing the SharePoint library where you want to add the folder.

  2. Click the name of the library on the Quick Launch bar, or click Settings Office 365 Settings button , and click Site contents, and then click the title of the library you want to add folders to.

    Note:  Designers can modify the appearance and navigation of a site significantly. If you cannot locate an option, such as a command, button, or link, contact your administrator.

  3. In the Ribbon, click the Files tab, and then in the New group, click New Folder.

    Image of the SharePoint Files ribbon with New Folder highlighted.

    Note:  If the New Folder command is not available, you can turn it back on with the proper permissions. On the List tab of the ribbon, click List Settings, and then click Advanced settings. In the Folder section, make sure that the Yes option is selected for Make "New Folder" command available.

    Note: To change the folder name later on, click the ellipses ... , click the ellipses ... in the dialog box, and then click Rename. Change the folder name in the Name box and then click Save.

  4. In the Create a folder dialog box, type a folder name in the Name box, and then click Create.

    Create folder for a library dialog box

    You can optionally invite people to share the folder.

    SharePoint Online classic mode share dialog

    See Share files or folders in Office 365 for more info.

Depending on your situation, you might consider using views instead of folders, because they enable content to be filtered, grouped, and sorted in multiple ways. If you have a large library , a combination of views and folders might work best. For more info on views, see Video: Create and edit public views of a list or library.

Create a folder in SharePoint 2016 or SharePoint 2013

By default the New Folder command is turned on in SharePoint document libraries. A library owner or a user with design permissions can set whether the New Folder command is enabled or not.

  1. Navigate to the site containing the SharePoint document library where you want to add the folder.

  2. Click the name of the library on the Quick Launch bar, or click Settings Office 365 Settings button , and click Site contents, and then click the title of the library you want to add folders to.

    Note:  Designers can modify the appearance and navigation of a site significantly. If you cannot locate an option, such as a command, button, or link, contact your administrator.

  3. In the Ribbon, click the Files tab, and then in the New group, click New Folder.

    Image of the SharePoint Files ribbon with New Folder highlighted.

    Note:  If the New Folder command is not available, you can turn it back on with the proper permissions. On the Library tab of the ribbon, click Library Settings, and then click Advanced settings. In the Folder section, make sure that the Yes option is selected for Make "New Folder" command available.

  4. In the New Folder dialog box, type a folder name in the Name box, and then click Save.

    You can optionally invite people to share the folder.

    SharePoint 2016 New Folder share dialog

    For more info, see Share documents or folders in SharePoint Server

  5. Click Create when you're done.

Notes: 

  • To change the folder name later on, click the ellipses ... , click the ellipses ... in the dialog box, and then click Rename. Change the folder name in the Name box.

  • To quickly go to the next level up in the folder hierarchy, in the Ribbon, click the Library tab and then click Navigate Up.

Depending on your situation, you might consider using views instead of folders, because they enable content to be filtered, grouped, and sorted in multiple ways. If you have a large library, a combination of views and folders might work best. For more info on views, see Video: Create and edit public views of a list or library.

Create a folder in SharePoint 2010

By default, the New Folder command appears in SharePoint document libraries. A library owner or a user with design permissions for the library can set whether the New Folder command is enabled or not.

  1. Navigate to the site containing the SharePoint document library for which you want to add the folder.

  2. Click the name of the library on the Quick Launch bar, or click Site Actions, click View All Site Content, and then in the appropriate libraries section, click the name of the library.

    Note:  Designers can modify the appearance and navigation of a site significantly. If you cannot locate an option, such as a command, button, or link, contact your administrator.

  3. In the Ribbon, in the Library Tools section, click the Documents tab, and then in the New group, click New Folder.

    SharePoint 2010 documents ribbon with New Folder highlighted

    Note:  The person who created your library may have specified that folders cannot be created in the library. If this is the case, the New Folder command is not available.

  4. In the New Folder dialog box, type a folder name in the Name box, and then click OK.

    SharePoint 2010 New Folder dialog.

Depending on your situation, you might consider using views instead of folders, because they enable content to be filtered, grouped, and sorted in multiple ways. If you have a large library , a combination of views and folders might work best. For more info, see Create, modify, or delete a view.

Create a folder in SharePoint 2007

By default, the New Folder menu appears in SharePoint libraries. A library owner can determine whether the New Folder menu is enabled or not.

  1. If the SharePoint document library isn't already open, click its name on the Quick Launch bar.

  2. On the New menu menu image , and then click New Folder.

  3. Type in a folder name, and click OK.

Depending on your situation, you might consider using views instead of folders, because they enable content to be filtered, grouped, and sorted in multiple ways. If you have a large library , a combination of views and folders might work best. For more info, see Create or change a view.

Which version of SharePoint are you using?

If you're not sure which version of SharePoint you have, see Which version of SharePoint am I using?.

Other topics of interest

Delete a file, folder, or link from a SharePoint document library

Create a folder in a SharePoint list

Delete a folder from a SharePoint list

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