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I haven't seen any shortcut for creating "A New Text Document" or any file. Is there any?

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Alt+F, W, T works for me, regardless of whether the file or folder pane has focus.

It is probably worth noting that this doesn't work in Windows 8 any more. Menu, w, t works as long as the file pane has focus.

Windows 10 changes things slightly. Menu, w, t works as long as the file pane has focus and no file is selected. Press CONTROL-SPACE to clear the selected files (thanks @RogUE).

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This is the only built-in-solution I found for Win7. Still wonder why Microsoft has decided to use shortcut w for New. Why not n to make it easy? – Kai Noack Jan 5 '14 at 21:43
@EchtEinfachTV: Look at the underlined letters in the menu. “New” can’t be ‘N’ because ‘N’ is “Se n d to”. (And “Send to” can’t be ‘S’ because ‘S’ is “Create shortcut”. And “Create shortcut” can’t be ‘C’ because ‘C’ is “Close”.) ... (No relation to Ben.) – Scott Jul 9 '14 at 19:46
If a file or folder is selected, you could hit crtl+space to deselect it – RogUE May 6 at 1:43

I wrote a script based on the suggestions to use AutoHotkey. If you want to change the .txt file extension, this requires Hide extentions for known file types to be off.

#IfWinActive, ahk_class CabinetWClass
#n:: ;If Windows+N is pressed in Windows Explorer
Send {Alt} ;Menu
Send f ;> File
Send w ;> New
Send t ;select Text Document
Send ^a ;select all

If you need any help with AutoHotkey, let me know. :)

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Where does the limitation on the visible file name extensions come in? – Daniel Beck Jan 26 '12 at 19:44
@DanielBeck Studiohack merged two questions. The one that I originally answered asked if the file extension could be removed. Since we are using .txt, we should select the whole file name including .txt. I've updated my answer to clarify. – iglvzx Jan 26 '12 at 19:46
Thanks iglvzx! I added Send {Delete} because even though everything was selected, typing only deleted the part before the extension. – Mirov Jan 27 '12 at 14:29

It may be possible with a third party solution (haven't tested it, autokey is famous too), since it's not available in Windows 7's official keyboard shortcuts. You can create a new folder using Ctrl+Shift+N though.

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The following works under XP (I don't have Windows 7):

  • make sure the Files (not Folders) pane has focus (Tab or F6 to get there).
  • make sure no file is selected (press CTRL+Space to unselect one file if necessary).
  • bring up either the File menu with Alt+F or the context menu with the context menu key or Shift+F10.
  • Press W for New, and T for Text Document.
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This is a looong procedure. Something like Ctrl+Shift+T will do. – Abdulsattar Mohammed Apr 21 '10 at 12:07
It works, but not if any other applications start adding to the file menu to interfere with the W shortcut e.g. WinMerge. – vincebowdren Oct 8 '13 at 13:54
This still works under Windows 8. When other application add menu items with the W shortcut, you have to press the W key twice and submit with enter or right arrow key. – danijar Jun 21 '14 at 14:11

I just tried the following on my Swedish Windows 7 machine and it works good. No need to install third party.

  1. Open folder
  2. Press ALT-key to display menubar
  3. A (Swe. Arkiv, Eng. File)
  4. N (Swe. Nytt, Eng. New)
  5. T (Swe. Textdokument, Eng. Textdocument)

Short: ALT, A, N, T

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Get AutoHotkey.

Then you need create or find a script for shortcut binding. For more, read the AHK tutorial.

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So, how does this exactly solve the problem? Which script should they use? – slhck Jan 26 '12 at 18:37
@slhck I'm working on one! Shh. – iglvzx Jan 26 '12 at 18:38

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