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How To Create Subdirectories Using a Backslash

Article ID: 102360

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q102360


When you are using File Manager in Windows NT to create a directory, you can simultaneously create a subdirectory by adding a backslash (\) between the directory name and the subdirectory name.

In File Manager, choose Create Directory from the File menu, and when you are prompted, enter the names of the directory and subdirectory you are creating, for example:


Choose the OK button. Both a TESTDIR directory and a \TEST subdirectory will be created.

This procedure works with any file system in Windows NT. Creation of subdirectories at a Command Prompt using this parameter are invalid.

NOTE: If a space is added before or after the backslash on a drive with a FAT file system, a syntax error message is generated. Spaces are valid when using the NTFS or the HPFS file systems.

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