Quickly Create A New Text Document Anywhere

Quickly Create A New Text Document Anywhere

Windows: Rather than opening Notepad, going to the File menu to save it, then browsing to a specific folder, you can more quickly create a text file in your chosen folder by right-clicking then hitting W and then T.The right-click > W > T shortcut eliminates the need to open Notepad first. It will create a text document ready for file naming and then all you have to do is hit Enter to open the text document for editing (hit CTRL+S to save your changes and you’ve got a very streamlined text-document-creating workflow).

Shortcut ninja Adam Pash uses this all the time to create text docs everywhere, but I learned this trick from a Lifehacker reader in last week’s Alt+double-click shortcut thread (thanks KayDat!). What are your favourite Windows shortcuts?


  • This is great – I use it all the time. Sometimes, however, file types get added into the NEW menu, breaking these “W-shortcuts”.

    If you had multiple entries for T, “Test” and “Text document” (for example) you’d have to press T to cycle through the list and then Enter to select the right one which gets quite tedious.

    ShellExView (Shell Extensions Manager) – http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html a can be used to disable/delete entries from the NEW menu, thereby restoring the shortcut functionality described in this article.

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