Enable ‘New Document’ Context Menu in Ubuntu 17.04 Nautilus

April 14, 2017 — 1 Comment

ubuntu 17.04

The default Nautilus file browser lacks ‘New Document’ option in its context menu (right-click menu) in my fresh installed Ubuntu 17.04 Unity Desktop.

When you right-click on blank area in Nautilus or Ubuntu Desktop, you’ll find there miss the ‘New Document’ option in the pop up menu.

It’s easy to re-enable the option in Nautilus context menu. As it prompts in Templates folder, simply create an empty document in Templates, the file name will be displayed as sub-menu option of ‘New Document’ menu.

While you can’t create a file via the context menu, do it via touch command:

1. Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command:

touch ~/Templates/Untitled\ Document

This command creates an empty file called ‘Untitled Document‘ in the Templates folder.

Tip: the backslash in the code tells that the space following it is part of the filename since the shell treats whatever comes after a space as a separate argument.

2. Now right-click on your desktop or blank area in Nautilus browser, the pop up context menu will look like:

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One response to Enable ‘New Document’ Context Menu in Ubuntu 17.04 Nautilus

  1. 謝謝
    我自已用Gnome ubuntu時
    發現在這問題
    這樣不能創建新文件很不方便
    感謝提供這樣的方法
    明天我去辦公室試一下
    再次感謝!

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