How to Create Multiple Folders at Once in Windows 10/11 - Windows Basics


Sunday, September 10, 2023

How to Create Multiple Folders at Once in Windows 10/11

The latest versions of Windows allow you to automate quite a few of your tasks, such as allowing you to create multiple folders and subfolders at once. This is quite useful in situations where you need to organize data (for example, for each semester) and don't want to spend hours doing it.

There are many methods of creating multiple files and folders in Windows. These are the best ways to do it!

1. Use Command Prompt to create multiple folders at once

The first method will use the command line utility called Command Prompt in Windows. Typically, administrators use this tool to make advanced system-wide changes. You can enter text-based commands to automate a variety of tasks.

Below are detailed steps to use Command Prompt to create multiple folders at once. Make sure you are logged in to Windows with admin rights before continuing:

1. Type Command Prompt in Windows search and click Run as administrator.

2. Alternatively, you can also open Runn by pressing Windows Keys + R and entering cmd in the text field. Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open Command Prompt with admin rights.

3. Click Yes in the User Account Control prompt.

4. Enter the following command in the Command Prompt window and press Enter to execute it. Make sure to replace [location] with the location where you want to create multiple folders.

cd /d [location]

5. For example, if we want to create folders in the C:\users\hp\documents folder, we will execute the command cd /d C:\users\hp\documents.

6. Then type md followed by the names of the folders in one command and execute it. For example, if you want to create a folder for the first 4 months of the year, you would execute the following command:

md january february march april

7. Once done, close the Command Prompt window and access the location of the folders in File Explorer to see if the folders have been created.

If for some reason, using Command Prompt doesn't work for you, you can use Windows Powershell (Admin) to perform the same steps. Powershell works almost like Command Prom but is much more powerful than cmd.

To use Powershell, follow these steps:

1. Right-click the Windows icon on your taskbar and select Powershell (Admin).

2. Select Yes in the UAC prompt.

3. Now, execute the command mentioned below and change [Location] with the location you target to create the folders.

cd [Location]

4. For example, we want to create subfolders within the document folders, so the following command will be executed:

cd C:\users\hp\documents

5. Once completed, execute the following command. Replace [foldername] with the name you want to give the folders.

md "[foldername]", "[foldername]", "[foldername]", "[foldername]"

6. For example, if you want to create a folder for the first 4 months of the year, you would execute the following command:

md "january", "february", "march", "april"

Finally, close the Powershell window and check if the folders have been created.

2. Use Notepad to create multiple folders at once

Although it may come as a surprise, Windows Notepad can perform advanced technical operations beyond writing to-do lists.

The above methods are suitable if you just want to create multiple folders without any subfolders. If you also want to create subfolders, an easy way to do that is to create a batch script through Notepad.

Here's how you can do it:

1. Type Notepad in the Windows search bar and click Open.

2. In the Notepad window, click @ECHO OFF and press Enter.

3. Then type md followed by the folder and subfolder names enclosed in quotes. For example, if you want to create a MUO January folder with a Windows subfolder and a MUO February folder with an Android subfolder, the command to enter into Notepad is:


md "MUOJan"\"Windows" "MUOFeb"\"Android"

4. After you enter the names of all the folders and subfolders you want to create, navigate to File in the top left corner and select Save as.

5. Name your file, followed by .bat. An example file would be aaaa.bat.

6. Expand the Save as drop-down list and select All files.

7. Click OK and close Notepad.

8. Now, navigate to the location of the folder and open the bat file. Opening it will create the folders and their subfolders for you.

Now that you have created many files and folders, organizing these files on Windows is also worth considering if you don't want to spend a lot of time searching for information in them. Additionally, Windows allows you to rename multiple folders at once, which can be helpful when organizing them.

3. Use third-party applications

Last but not least, if you think using Command Prompt and Notepad is too time-consuming, you can try using a third-party application.

There are quite a few apps that can help you achieve this, including the following:

To illustrate, the article will use Folder Frenzy. The steps for creating multiple folders in other apps may vary, but the basics stay the same.

1. Download Folder Frenzy.

2. Unzip the downloaded file and then launch it. Click Yes in the confirmation prompt.

3. When the Folder Frenzy dialog box launches, enter the names of the folders you want to create and click the Create Folder button. These folders will be created in the Folder Frenzy file.

From here, you can even go one step further. That's learning how to launch multiple programs with one shortcut on Windows to increase productivity at work or school. In case you no longer need this tool after bulk folder creation, you can uninstall it. This will not automatically delete folders you created with the tool, unless the uninstallation process explicitly asks to do so and you confirm the action.

Create multiple folders with just a few clicks on Windows

Creating several folders manually is a boring job, and you could spend the same energy doing something more productive. The steps we outlined above will help you automate this task, saving you time for things that actually add some value.

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