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Why finder doesn't have 'New File', but 'New Folder'? Is there any way/tool for having 'New File' in Finder?


Pathfinder provides the feature of making 'New File'. I need this function in Finder.

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  • What type of file? You would need a large sub-menu like in Windows letting you select the file type.
    – user588
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 17:42
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    Well, just letting me give the full file name would work to get any type of file.
    – prosseek
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 17:58

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The idea in OS X is, that you open an Application and create the file while you are working. This simply because creating the file beforehand is kind of awkward:

Create file > open file > edit

Of course if you just need dummy files, then you can make those from Terminal.app, but I'd be careful with that if you are not used to it already.

The command is: touch filename

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    Actually 'touch something' is the method that I'm using. However, I need to open Terminal.app, cd to the directory, and run the command to get it done. Just write clicking would be better if possible.
    – prosseek
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 17:58
  • Sometimes its much better to be on the relevant folder and create file from there rather than doing the otherway around.
    – aspdeepak
    Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 12:09
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    "The idea in OS X is, that you open an Application and create the file while you are working." I know, and it drives me crazy. I hate the Application-centric model, where files belong to Apps in a sense. I prefer the file-centric model of HCI, it's the files (and the data they hold) that we really care about in the end. Commented Apr 29, 2018 at 20:20

proseek you can add to finder the extension "shellhere", that's great!

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