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I have an Automator script that appears in my Finder>Services menu (it creates a new file). It works fine with the allocated keyboard shortcut.

When I right-click in an empty space inside a folder there’s the Finder’s "New Folder" item (of course) but OS X doesn't seem to offer a Services or Quick Actions contextual menu that has the "current folder" context unless you actually select a folder.

I’d like my script to appear in a contextual menu when right-clicking an empty space in an open folder—is this possible?

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No - you’ll need to launch the script from key shortcuts or siri

I’d start with fast scripts or revisit the end goal and see if something like an Elgato stream deck or X-keys programmable keyboard to launch your automations.

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I have been messing around with this myself. I haven't found a way to run a shortcut by right-clicking the empty space; however, if you show the Path bar in your Finder window (Alt+Cmd+P), have the Use as Quick Action and Services Menu checked in Shortcut Details, then in the Path bar, you can right click on the folder where you want the new file then click Services > name of your shortcut to run your script(s).

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  • that’s a great tip - thanks. Just had to change the workflow script to receive the current "folders" in the drop-down at the top. It’s now appearing along with my other "clean zip" workflow. I set up a keyboard shortcut for it anyway, which is a bit quicker too. Aug 29, 2023 at 20:51

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