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Add Any File

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Download the extension at the VS Gallery or get the nightly build

A Visual Studio extension for easily adding new files to any project. Simply hit Shift+F2 to create an empty file in the selected folder or in the same folder as the selected file.

See the changelog for updates and roadmap.


  • Easily create any file with any file extension
  • Create files starting with a dot like .gitignore
  • Create deeper folder structures easily if required
  • Create folders when the entered name ends with a /

Add new file dialog

Show the dialog

A new button is added to the context menu in Solution Explorer.

Add new file dialog

You can either click that button or use the keybord shortcut Shift+F2.

Create folders

Create additional folders for your file by using forward-slash to specify the structure.

For example, by typing scripts/test.js in the dialog, the folder scripts is created if it doesn't exist and the file test.js is then placed into it.


Check out the contribution guidelines if you want to contribute to this project.

For cloning and building this project yourself, make sure to install the Extensibility Tools 2015 extension for Visual Studio which enables some features used by this project.


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