How to Create a File Without an Extension With Notepad

By Maureen Bruen

To create a file without an extension with Notepad, use quotation marks. The quotation marks ensure the integrity of the file name chosen without an extension. The file is saved with a name and a file type of "file" which has no extension. This method is also very useful for creating files with other extensions such as plalert.pl (PERL file) and greeting.xml (XML file); simply use the quotation marks. If you do not use the quotation marks, a default extension of .txt is added to the file name.

Step 1

Launch "Notepad."

Step 2

Type in the information you would like to save without an extension.

Step 3

Click "File" and then "Save" and the "Save As" dialog box is displayed.

Step 4

Type an opening quotation mark, the file name and then the closing quotation mark in the "File name" section. For example, type "noextension" to create a file called noextension.

Step 5

Click the "Save" button.