HELP! How can I create empty files from Finder context menu

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Dyaus, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. Dyaus macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2005
    Is there a quick way to create blank/empty files of various types from the finder menu much like there is in windows. In windows i can right click and choose new and then i have a selection of various file types. Is there something similar to this in OS X? I find it indispensible in windows and would really like to find something similar in OS X. THanks.
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Use terminal and use the 'touch' command:

    % touch dill.doc

    will make a new, empty Word-document in the directory you're standing in (with the Terminal prompt.)

    Try making a script and run that from Automator if you want to make it into a context menu.
  3. Dyaus thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2005
    good idea. i knew about touch, but i found it annoying to open a terminal cd into the directory i wanted to create a document and then touch it. i had totally forgotten about automater. i'll give that a shot. thanks.

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