How to Create and Save a Text File in Windows

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A text file in Windows can be used for many different things. These files are often used to keep notes in, but some people use them as an address book. The files can be stored in "My Documents," or arranged on a desktop, where files are easily accessible. Some programs have text files within them that require modification for certain functions to work properly. The amount of uses for Windows text files is only left to the imagination.

  • Right click any blank spot on the desktop or on a folder such as "My Documents." Scroll down to "New" when the options box appears (red box with arrow in caption).

  • Scroll down to the "Text Document" option when the new choice box appears (red box with arrow in caption) and right click.

  • Name your new text document by typing in the blue space (red arrow in caption) when the file appears and hit "Enter".

  • Place text in the file either by copy/pasting or typing directly into it.

  • Go to "File" (red circle in upper-left corner) and scroll down to "Save" (red box) and right click it. You can also press the "Ctrl" key and "S" key at the same time on your keyboard, as an alternative method for saving a text file.

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