For Windows users, Have you ever tried to create a CON folder or any folder with names similar to CON, PRN, AUX, NUL, COM1, COM2 CLOCK$, LPT1, LPT2, and many others? However, failed? Is it not possible to create a folder with such names in Windows OS?
Well, the answer is NO and YES!
NO as a result of, when create a new folder in Windows and try to rename it to any one of the above-specified names, you already know what happens!
In Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 whenever you attempt to rename the file you get an error message saying “The specified device name is invalid.”
So what’s the reason behind this?
You possibly can’t make folders on the desktop which have “System Action” or “Device” as they are reserved words inside Windows OS. Which signifies that users cannot put them into file or folder names. Moreover, “Con” is likely one of the several reserved names that you simply couldn’t use. These names date back to the days of DOS, and the reason you possibly can’t use them is which have particular meanings. It is by design and hard coded into the OS since DOS. You cannot make folders on the desktop which have “System Action” or “Device” references just like the con, nul and prn. Read more about why we cannot create “CON” folder on Windows.
YES, because it’s still possible to create these folders using some simple methods. Just follow the steps below to make a folder named “Con” (which is one of these blocked name).
2 Methods to Create a Folder with Name CON
Method 1. Using the Command Prompt:
Process To Create A CON Folder Using Command Prompt
- Open Command Prompt (CMD) in your computer
- Type in the command prompt (For ex. To create a folder in the C: drive by name: “CON”)
[Note: you can give whatever path you want in place of c:]
- In case when you want to delete the folder, use the following command:
- That is it.
Method 2. Using Special Character ALT Key and Numeric Keypad:
Follow the Below steps to learn how to Create a folder with name CON using Special character Trick by using Alt key and the Numeric keypad to perform the same job in a much easier way.
- Create a New folder (Right-click -> New -> Folder)
- Once the new folder has been created, right-click on it and select option “Rename”.
- Hold down the ALT key and type 0160 on the numeric keypad (ALT+0160) and release the ALT key.
- Now, the folder name should go blank so as to type any name of your choice similar to “con”, “prn” “nul” etc. and press the Enter.
- That is it, and you are done!
For Laptop Users:
Press the Fn key and press the letter keys k-i-i to make use of the number pad.