Weekly Computer Tip # 248
24 October 2008

Create a new folder on the fly
(Microsoft Office)

The average person loses up to six weeks every year searching for misplaced information at work. (The well-organised virgos with their music collection in alphabetical order being the exception.) Saving important files in neatly organised folders with meaningful names is a good start. But what if you are in the process of saving a Word or Excel file and then discover you don't have an appropriate folder to put it in? Well, you can create a folder on the fly and save the file where you want it.

Here's how:

  1. Choose File, Save As or press F12.
  2. In the Save in box, select the folder in which you want to create the new folder.
  3. Click the Create New Folder button.
  4. In the New Folder dialog box, type a name for the new folder, and then click OK.
  5. Click Save.

You can also create a new folder beforehand by right-clicking anywhere in a blank area of an existing folder or on the desktop. Simply select New from the shortcut menu, and then clicking Folder.