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Figuring out how to create a folder on Mac can seem like a daunting task. But, when you break it down into its most basic steps, it’s actually not that complex. Especially if you know the basics of what folders are and how they work. So, yes, there is a simple way to create a folder on your Mac.

If you want a Mac with a neat and organized desktop, then you need to know how to create a folder on Mac. After all, the desktop is where most people store the majority of their folders and documents. It’s a good idea to have your desktop look neat and tidy.

This article should be a good read if it’s the first time you’ve ever created a folder on Mac. Let’s start off by going over the basics of what folders are and how they work.

What is a Folder on Mac?

A Mac folder is a window you can use to store and organize different files. You can create folders on your Mac desktop, on the inside of windows, within documents, and more.

The main purpose of a folder on a Mac is to keep your files contained and organized in one place. When you store all of your files in the same place, it’s much easier to find them later if you need them.

This is one of the main reasons that we create folders in the first place. If we keep all of our files in separate places, then finding them becomes a hassle and requires you to manually search for it. But, with designated folders to store all your files, we can access them much faster.

You can name each folder its own unique name, which is visible on your desktop so you know which files belong in it and can search for files with ease.

Creating a Folder on Mac

When you create a folder on Mac, you’ll be able to choose its name. You can also add the name of your choosing to the icon that goes along with it. Here’s how to do it.

Method 1

Step 1: Navigate to your Mac’s desktop.

Step 2: Right-click your mouse or use two fingers to right-click your trackpad.

A new menu will appear when you right-click or two-finger tap on your trackpad. You should see the option for “New Folder” within this menu.

Step 3: Select “New Folder” from the popup menu.

This will cause a new folder to appear on your Mac’s desktop. The name of this folder will be highlighted in blue, so you can change it if you’d like.

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From your Mac’s desktop, right-click (or double-finger tap on your trackpad) anywhere on your screen. This will prompt a popup menu to appear, and the first option will be New Folder. Click it.

Method 2

Step 1: Using the Finder, navigate to the Desktop tab.

Go to your Mac’s desktop and click on an empty space somewhere on it.

Once you’ve done that, the icons on the very top left of your screen (in a menu bar) will change, and next to the Apple symbol (an apple) it will read “File,” Finder,” and so on. This bar on the top of your screen is called the Finder’s spotlight menu bar.

It can only be accessed when you’re on your Mac’s desktop, so be sure to minimize or close out any open programs, like Chrome or Safari. If you have Chrome open, for example, the spotlight menu bar will instead read “Chrome,” “File,” “Edit,” and so on, and each will have different options. So, be sure you are on your desktop.

Step 2: Click on “File” next to “Finder.”

In between the Apple symbol and “Finder” is the File tab. Click on this, and it will open a menu that contains a list of options.

Step 3: Click “New Folder” from the dropdown menu.

Once you’re at the File dropdown menu, click on New Folder. This is the second option on the list of options. Doing this will bring up a window that lets you create a new folder on Mac.

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From your Mac’s desktop, click on the File tab in the spotlight menu (on the very top of your screen), and then click New Folder from the drop-down menu. This will create a new folder on your desktop that you can name and store files in.

Why Create a Folder on Your Mac?

There are many reasons you should create a folder on Mac. If you’re unsure, here are different reasons why it’s a good idea.

It’s Easier to Find Your Files

If you want to search for a document, then you need to be able to find the file. A folder acts as a container to hold documents and files.

If you keep everything in one place, then you don’t have to waste time searching for your files. You can go to the folder and find what you’re looking for.

It Keeps Your Desktop Neat and Tidy

If your desktop is cluttered with icon clutter, then it’s a good idea to create a folder on Mac. This creates an organized workspace where everything will be arranged neatly.

Just make sure that you group the folders together by category. Some people like to group together similar folders in one place.

It’s Quicker to Find Documents and Folders

It’s a great idea to make a folder on Mac that is home to all of your important documents and folders so you’ll be able to find them quickly when you need them.

How to Create a Folder on Mac (with Photos) FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Is creating a folder on Mac the same as creating a folder on PC?

Yes, it is a similar process and provides the same function.

Why would I want to create a folder on Mac?

You should create a folder on Mac to improve organization, keep your files in categorized places, and help with locating your documents and files quickly and easily without having to search for them manually. You’ll just know where everything is!

Are there different kinds of folders on Mac?

You can create a folder for any purpose or category. You can even put folders in folders!

When should I use a folder for Mac?

You should use folders if you have a lot of related documents and/or files that need to be easily found. To access them quickly and easily, it’s best to keep them all in a designated place. So, you can create a folder for every purpose imaginable, from family photos to work documents.

Should I always create a folder on Mac?

It’s a personal choice, but you may find it optimizes your Mac because you know where everything belongs and can access your files quickly and easily. Plus, it makes your desktop look tidy and organized.

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