How to create a .gitignore file in Windows

Windows will not let you create a file without a filename in Windows Explorer. It will give you the error “You must type a file name” if you try to rename a text file as .gitignore

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To get around this use the following steps

  1.  Create the text file gitignore.txt
  2. Open it in a text editor and add your rules, then save and close
  3.  Hold SHIFT, right click the folder you’re in, then select Open command window here
  4.  Then rename the file in the command line, with ren gitignore.txt .gitignore

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