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Create a folder in a document library

Applies to: SharePoint Online, SharePoint Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2016, SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010.

Creating folder in a SharePoint document library is one way to group and manage files. Folders can be created from your device when syncing or from the command bar on the web.

Create a folder in SharePoint

  1. Find the SharePoint site and open the SharePoint document library where you want to create a new folder.
  1. On the menu bar, choose + New and then press Folder. If you don’t have folders as an option on the + New menu, they may be turned off. A library owner or a user with design permissions can dictate whether the Folder command is enabled or not. See Turn folders on in SharePoint Online.

Note: Does your screen look different than this and you’re using SharePoint Online or ? Your administrator may have SharePoint Classic experience set on the document library. If so, see Create a folder in a SharePoint Classic experience library below.

  1. In the Folder dialogue box, state a folder name in the Folder Name box and then select Create.
New menu showing new folder option

Note: To change the folder name later on, click the ellipses, and then click Rename. Change the folder name in the Rename dialogue, and then click Save. For more info, see Rename a file, folder, or link in a document library.

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
  1. If you don’t see your new folder in the library, refresh your browser.

In some cases, you might consider using views instead of folders. Files in views can be filtered, grouped, and sorted. If you have a large library, a combination of views and folders might work best.

Turn folders on in SharePoint Online or SharePoint Server 2019

Folders are on by default, but if they’re off and you have permissions, follow these steps:

  1. Access the library where you want to start adding folders.
  1. Click Settings Gear shaped settings button , and then select Library Settings.
Settings menu with Library Settings selected
  1. Click Advanced settings.
  1. In the Folder section, ensure that the Yes option is chosen for Make “New Folder” command available.
  1. Click OK and navigate back to your library.

Create a folder in a SharePoint Classic experience library

  1. Visit the SharePoint site containing the SharePoint library where you want to add the folder.
  1. Click the title of the library on the Quick Launch bar to open it, or choose Settings Office 365 Settings button , and pick Site contents, and then click your desired library’s title to insert 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.

  1. In the Ribbon, click Files, 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.

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

  1. In the Create a folder dialogue 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. For more info, see Share files or folders in Office 365.

SharePoint Online classic mode share 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 on views, see Video: Create and edit public views of a list or library.

For more info, see Share files or folders in Microsoft 365.

Other topics on Folders and files

Move or copy a folder, file, or link in a document library

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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