How to create blank folder names in Windows 10

Today, we will see how to create blank folder names in Windows. I have used this trick earlier on Windows Vista and Windows 7 – and it now also works on Windows 10/8.1 as well. I do not remember if it worked on Windows XP and earlier.

Create blank folder names

create blank folder names

Using this trick, you can display a folder without a name. There is one caveat, however. Your computer needs to have a Numeric keyboard pad. In case some of you do not know, Numeric keypad or NumPad is the section of the keyboard on the right side, which usually contains 17 keys, viz. 0 to 9, +, -, *, /, ., Num Lock and Enter keys.

To create blank folder names in Windows 10, right-click on the Windows desktop and select New > Folder.

The folder will get created on the desktop.

If you right-click the folder, select Rename and enter only spaces,  the operating system will not accept it.

To remove the name and display a blank name, right-click on the folder and select Rename. Now press the Alt key and from the Numeric keypad, press 0160.

Now press Enter or click anywhere on the desktop.

A folder with no name will be created. Change its icon, and you could have a smart-looking folder on your desktop.


Looks pretty cool!

Do not have a NumPad? Check if this forum post on how to have blank folder names in Windows on a laptop without a Numeric pad works for you. Fortunately, my new Dell Inspiron 15 7537 laptop has a numeric pad, so I was easily able to create such name-less folders.

You can also create a folder without any icon or name in Windows.

Now read: How to color your Windows folders. I am sure you will like this post too.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Guest

    Hii sir,

    This is really a nice tricks to create blank folder names in Windows 8 and 7. I am going to try out it soon. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Mulliano Tando

    Very nice, Anand… I used this trick a long time ago (Win95, or maybe before that). The extended ASCII character set (hold down ALT + enter 0160 on your numeric keypad, then release it) date back to the old MS-DOS and early Windows days in the1980s. I had made many fancy batch files using the character set. LOL some old tricks still work today! Very nice…

  3. Thanks for sharing, yeah nice trick in Windows 8 :-), let me try this!

  4. Loris

    Sorry, what is the difference in press a simple SpaceBarHit when renaming the folder?

  5. Loris

    Sorry…i have made a big mistake! i tryed spacebar AFTER your trick, and it’s work 😉 so i was aking…sorry again 😉

  6. jensenjs

    And you can give the folder a invisible icon, the icon is here %SystemRoot%system32SHELL32.dll

    The standard icon file you can see them as… yes invisible spaces 🙂

    It’s like make the folder hidden, without hiding it.

  7. AamirD

    You Can Also Create Black Folder Using Alt + 225

    You can also hide folder icon.
    Right Click Properties Of The Folder You Want To Hide
    Then Go To Customize Option
    Then Change Icon
    Then Select Any Empty Space.

  8. Alt+225 or Alt+240 do not create a blank name in my case.

  9. The tip for creating a ‘hidden’ folder by using a blank icon is awesome.

  10. RudzLong

    LOL i just know it, this is awesome sir…
    thx for the tricks
    TWC is the best (y)

  11. RudzLong

    best combination ….

  12. crazy.downloader

    Enabling Num Lock with (Fn + NumLK) in my Asus Notebook and trying the above trick to create BLANK FOLDER NAME in Windows 7 Pro 64 bit (ie. Alt + 0160)doesn’t work. i think separate keyboard with separate Numeric Key pad is going to be needed. Any way, thank you for sharing the trick.

  13. Haresh

    jensenjs adds in the comments:

    You can give the folder a invisible icon, the icon is here %SystemRoot%system32SHELL32.dll. This way you can ‘hide’ the folder completely.

    How do I do this in windows 8.1 ? Make it an invisible icon?

  14. uninvited

    Does it work for windows 7 too…(i mean the ‘invisible icon’)?

  15. Angad Cheema

    haha! good trick

  16. Dimitro

    Krojamsoft Batch Rename is really great for batch rename. Try it.

  17. Cross-cultural mission

    how do I enter on my new created folder

  18. Parvez

    Dear sir/Madam,

    How do create new folder without any icon..?????????

  19. Handy Harry

    This does not work for me. It just shows a folder with “0160” on it.

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  21. sagar bandarkar

    what is new tricks to create blank folder name , this trick not working now

  22. Lana Diaz

    It´s not working for me. I press the space bar to remove the name and press Alt and 0160 and either press enter or click somewhere on the screen and nothing happens. =-)

  23. Mustafa Mert

    ?m not have num pad lenovo yoga 500how to make it

  24. austin

    hold alt while doing it

  25. Any way for more than one? Every other gives that it already exist. I need 10 of them.

  26. Desmond

    Very useful trick! It works on Windows 10 as well 🙂

  27. Mehran Karger

    It says do you want to rename file to 2ink. and cant make it invisible.

  28. Windows 8

    doesnt work

  29. gfhf

    nice i created a blank file and icon thanks baby

  30. Nicole Failla

    This is great, but it will only let you do it for one folder. How do you get many folders that have no name on it? Is there other codes you can press?

  31. saimon

    this is good but, it works only one time in desktop..

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