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July 31, 2013 10:12:24 PM

I am using Win 7 and have a problem...When I am in explorer and want to create a new folder, the only option I now have (which I have never seen until now) is to create a compressed 'zipped' folder. The option to create a regular folder (not compressed) has disappeared. I do not want to create zipped folders, only regular uncompressed folders. How can I get this feature back? Thanks, this is mysterious.
a b * Windows 8
July 31, 2013 10:43:33 PM

Right click. Hover over 'New'. Click 'Folder'.

Or give me a screenshot of where the button should be.
August 1, 2013 9:43:43 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
Right click. Hover over 'New'. Click 'Folder'.

Or give me a screenshot of where the button should be.


The 'folder' option has disappeared. The only folder option now is a compressed 'zipped' folder. This just occurred, I have no idea why but it is a real p.i.t.a....

Thx.
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a c 292 * Windows 8
August 1, 2013 9:56:46 PM

Sounds like your OS is corrupt, try System File Checker to see if it can be repaired.
Winkey plus 'X'
Choose Command Prompt (Admin)
Type sfc /scannow then Enter
a b * Windows 8
August 1, 2013 11:59:37 PM

I'm kind of surprised about there not being a 'Compressed (zipped) folder' option there before though - are you sure.
August 2, 2013 12:22:09 AM

'There may have been, I am not sure as I would never use it. All I do know is that I do not have an option to create a regular folder, which has been my way of storing files 100pct of the time to date.
a b * Windows 8
August 2, 2013 1:49:11 AM

Well, Ctrl+Shift+N should get you a new folder.
a c 292 * Windows 8
August 2, 2013 2:51:00 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Well, Ctrl+Shift+N should get you a new folder.

Like that one, another for the archive... worthy of Pick as Solution at least...

August 3, 2013 6:22:10 PM

I'm glad you guys like that one, but on my pc, control/shift/n does nothing...nada....zip.
a c 292 * Windows 8
August 3, 2013 10:18:59 PM

cohenfive said:
I'm glad you guys like that one, but on my pc, control/shift/n does nothing...nada....zip.

One last thing to try before you have to commit yourself to the Refresh option.
Command Prompt as above
Type chkdsk /f /r Enter (note spaces before /). Type Y and Enter to run the program when you restart Windows. Expect it to take a long time if you have a large drive. Use this to check out the chkdsk log to see if anything found
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/96938-check-disk-c...


October 3, 2013 8:02:29 PM

None of these options have helped me fix the issue! My windows 7 is doing the same thing! No matter where I am it only allows me to create a compressed (zipped) folder. I wish I could create normal folders!! Please help!!
October 6, 2013 11:00:12 PM

Once you identify the file being held open use Process Explorer, a Microsoft diagnostic tool to find which process has that file open.


Use the online site to execute direct from the web

http:\\live.sysinternals.com\procexp.exe

or a web page with it

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb89665...

Either run it directly or save it and run it from your hard drive. You don't need to be an admin.

Make sure View Menu - Lower Pane View is set to Handles.

Click Find menu then Find Handle or Dll. To see which process has a file open type part of the filename and scroll to the File category.
October 15, 2013 9:27:35 PM

I had the same issue and I couldn't find a solution.
But I found a trick that works:
I created a copy of a folder that I already had in the desktop and I emptied it. then I renamed it "New Folder".
Every time I need a " new folder" I make a copy of that one and here we go.
I know it's not "politically correct" and the bug is still there..... but at least I can use my lap top.
Ciao

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October 19, 2013 1:49:59 PM
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I noticed that if I arranged my documents folder by "date modified" I could not create a folder, only a compressed one. I then clicked, arrange by "folder", and I could add a normal folder.

Perhaps that was the issue?
November 30, 2013 5:51:38 AM

anfruth said:
I noticed that if I arranged my documents folder by "date modified" I could not create a folder, only a compressed one. I then clicked, arrange by "folder", and I could add a normal folder.

Perhaps that was the issue?

Thanks, this is the easiest and best for me. Cntl+Shft+n did nothing, and all the other solutions were too far back in the weeds.
a c 292 * Windows 8
November 30, 2013 10:49:17 AM

Guess the 'Arranged by' solution wins, but viewers should be aware that 'Arrange by' and 'Sort by' are two separate entities, 'Sort by' Date Modified does not have the same effect...
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