Reader Samir writes in with an excellent tip—Windows 7 finally includes the ability to add new folders from the keyboard with a shortcut key combination.
To create a new folder, simply press Ctrl+Shift+N with an explorer window open and the folder will instantly show up, ready to be renamed to something more useful. You can also create a shortcut on your desktop by minimizing all open windows or using the Win+D combination to show the desktop, and then just hit the new folder shortcut key to create a new folder. It's a tiny, but extremely useful tip—though if you prefer the mouse you'll be happy to know that Windows 7 includes a New Folder button as well. Thanks, Samir!
If you haven't upgraded to Windows 7 yet, I've previously written an article covering how to create a new folder using the keyboard, but the wealth of awesome, underhyped features in Windows 7 really makes it worth a look—and we've got you covered with a guide to help you upgrade.