How to Create a New File on a Computer

By Etch Tabor

Whether you have a PC or a Mac, your computer stores information as files. There are hundreds of different file types that you can generate on your computer. Files can contain words in word processor files, numbers in spreadsheet files, music in audio files, movies in video files or many other forms of data. Although the specifics of modifying and customizing a particular file will vary from application to application, the method used for creating a file is fairly universal.

Step 1

Open the software application associated with the file type you wish to create. You can open the application by double-clicking on it.

Step 2

Click on "File" along the top of your screen and select "New." The specific command may be slightly different from application to application. Some applications use commands like "Create New File" or "Create New Project."

Step 3

Click "File" again at the top of your screen.

Step 4

Click "Save." A pop-up menu will appear.

Step 5

Type the name you want to give the file in the "Save As:" field. Be sure to leave all information after the period in the name intact. This is the file extension and tells your computer what application is associated with the file.

Click the "Save" button. You have successfully created a file.