Is there any way to right click and make a text file?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chrono1081, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. chrono1081 macrumors 604

    chrono1081

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    Hi guys,

    Is there any way to make it so when you right click you can make a text file similar to how Windows does it?

    I looked around and saw a few programs that would do it but they had not so nice reviews. I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to do it by using terminal or something.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm guessing you should be able to create a keyboard shortcut for this function:
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  3. interrobang macrumors 6502

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    No, there isn't.

    What exactly do you need to do? Obviously you can make a text file using any of a dozen different text editors, but you seem to want something more specific. If you can explain what or why, someone might be able to suggest something.
     
  4. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    cmd+shift+y will take selected text into Stickies on a new note.
     
  5. chrono1081 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thanks so much for the suggestions guys.

    @Interrobang - You know how in Windows you can right click in either explorer or on the desktop and click new -> Text File? Thats what I want to be able to do on Mac.

    Like if I have a folder with a bunch of projects and I want to write a project description I can just right click in the Finder within the project folder, click New -> TextEdit and then write in it instead of having to open up text edit, create a document then move it to the project folder.

    I hope that made sense.:eek:
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    This falls into the general category of trying to make a Mac behave like a Windows PC (or vice versa), which is often a losing proposition, but...

    One option would be to use Automator. You should be able to create an appropriate Automator action in a couple of minutes and then it would show up under "More" in the contextual menu.

    Another option might be to install the TextWrangler text editor -- I think it comes with contextual menu plugins, although as noted above, I'm not sure if these are still supported in Lion.
     
  7. chrono1081 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thank you for the suggestion. I've never thought about Automator. I've never really delved in to it so I'll take a look.

    Admittedly its a strange request but it would be really helpful for how I organize projects.
     
  8. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    If your looking for more options than Automator can offer, AppleScript is also good for this kind off stuff.
     

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