Right now, when creating a file of some format (e.g. PHP files) in Windows Explorer, I always have to use "Create new text file" to create a file and then rename it (often via console, because extensions are hidden - I know I could disable that feature).

Is there a way to simply add an option to create a new file of any type that simply lets me type in the extension?


Sometimes i open cmd in this folder and type something like

copy nul filname.ext

this hint create empty file with extension that you need.

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I just went for showing file extensions again.

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If you load up a blank document in notepad, fill in some content, and hit save.. in the save dialog change the file type to "All Files", then give the file a name (including the extension, like "my file.php").

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  • Yes, I know, but that is exactly what I do not wanna do. – Franz Feb 27 '10 at 11:22

You can go in the powershell or the command prompt and use the following command:

fsutil file createnew name.ext 0
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    I have restructured your post as it was flagged as low quality, if you feel it's too radical a change, please roll back or edit it. – Shekhar Nov 4 '15 at 19:49

You can create a file of any type in windows by making this change:

OS: Win 10 (More or less in other Win versions it will be the same)

  • Open 'Control Panel'
  • Click 'Appearance & Personalization'
  • Click 'File Explorer Options'
  • It opens a dialog, click on 'View' Tab.
  • In the list, un-check 'Hide Extensions for known file types'

  • This image may help you navigate to this option

Once you make this change, go to any folder; right click -> new file -> Type name of the file and the extension you wish.

E.g You want to create a javascript file by name 'helloworld', just right click new file -> type helloworld.js (That's all, it may prompt a window just say Ok)

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