How do I create a computer file?

Computer fileThis document contains information how to create some of the more common files on a computer. To proceed, you may select a specific file type from the list below or read through each section individually.

How to create a text file.
How to create an image or picture file.
How to create an XLS or spreadsheet file.
How to create a Word processor or DOC file.
How to create an audio file.
How to create a batch file.
How to create a file in MS-DOS or Windows command line.
How to create a file in Linux and Unix.
How to create a compressed file or ZIP file.
How to create my own PDF file.

How to create a text file

Open a text editor, such as Notepad or WordPad, and start a new document. Save the document as a text file.

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From within Windows right-click in the area in which you would like to create the file, e.g. the Windows Desktop. From the drop-down menu that appears, select New and then choose Text Document.

How to create an image or picture file

To create an image or picture, users must use an image editing program. See our listing of image editors for a comprehensive look at programs capable of creating and editing images.

How to create an XLS or spreadsheet file

Creating a spreadsheet requires the appropriate program, such as Microsoft Excel or one of the many free spreadsheet programs.

How to create a Word processor or DOC file

To create a DOC file, users need a word processor, such as Microsoft Word or one of the many free word processing programs.

How to create an audio file

To create an audio file, we suggest the free Audacity program.

Additional information

  • See the create and file definition for additional information about creating on the computer.