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How to create a file in MS-DOS?


How do you create a file in MS-DOS?


This question was answered on April 13, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

A file can be created using the edit command or the copy con command Below are examples with each command on how to create a file called myfile.txt

With the edit command to create a file type the following at the prompt:

edit myfile.txt <press enter>

If available this should open the edit editor (generally a blue screen) once you have typed the information for the file myfile.txt click File and choose exit If you do not have a mouse please see our edit page

When clicking exit the computer will prompt you if you wish to save the file click Yes and the file will be created

With copy con command to create a file type the following at the prompt:

copy con myfile.txt <press enter>

When typing the above you will return down one line to a blank line Create the file line by line Once you are ready to create the file press enter to get to a blank line and then press and hold CTRL and press Z then let go of both buttons This will return a ^Z Once this has been entered press enter to save and exit the file

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Posted by olivia of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 13, 2003