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How to create Text File using PowerShell

Last updated on December 6, 2022

In this post, we gonna create a Text file using PowerShell. Using the New-Item cmdlet we can create a text file and with the Set-Content cmdlet, we can put content into it. Using get-Content cmdlet we can read the generated file.

Create a text file

In this example, we’re creating a new text file named test.txt

Open your Powershell and execute below command

New-Item D:\temp\test.txt

You can see the test.txt created in D:\temp directory.

Add or Replace text in the file

In this example, we’re going to add content to the text file named test.txt

Open your PowerShell and execute below command

Set-Content D:\temp\test.txt 'Welcome to'

You can see the test.txt created or updated file in D:\temp directory.

Set-Content will replace the file if it already exists otherwise it will create and put content.

you can test it with the get-content cmdlet will give the “Welcome to” text output.

get-Content D:\temp\test.txt

Append data to existing file

Using the Add-Content cmdlet you can append data to a existing file at the end. If file not exists it will create file with given content.

Add-Content D:\temp\test.txt 'Welcome to'

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