I am using a Mac--which is running OS X 10.10.3. I want to add a 'new file' button to the context menu--the menu that pops up when you right-click in a Finder window/on the desktop.

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    What kind of file? [Not that I think you can, it's just a bit vague as it stands] – Tetsujin Apr 21 '15 at 16:39

That can be done using Mac OS X native app Automator. Firstly, learn how to use it with that guide:


Now, follow this tutorial to create the 'New File' button:

OS X Snow Leopard: Finder automator item for creating a new text file

Use an empty file has your template; you may call it 'Untitled' for example. You can also assign a shortcut to it going to Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Services. That was my reference to this information:


I know that probably you wanted the button directly in the context menu, while Automator add it inside the Services tab. In order to do that, follow these instructions:


I think that's the best you can do. I hope these instructions are enough.

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  • I saw that you found a duplicate question (and answer). Please mark that as a duplicate instead of referring/citing the other answer. – agtoever Jun 30 '15 at 12:14

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