Enable ‘New Document’ in Right-Click Menu in Fedora 34 Gnome

Same to Ubuntu, Fedora workstation does not have option to create new document in file manager out-of-the-box.

Can’t imagine why an operating system in 2021 does not offer option to create new document? That’s such a shame in GNOME Desktop.

Due to design, Nautilus file manager uses template for new document. Users have to manually create a document as template, so it will be used as option for creating New Document.

If you often create documents based on the same content, you might benefit from using file templates. A file template can be a document of any type with the formatting or content you would like to reuse. For example, you could create a template document with your letterhead.

1. Create a Document to Use as Template:

1. Firstly, search for and open terminal from system app launcher.

2. When terminal opens, run command to create an empty document in Templates folder.

touch ~/Templates/Empty\ Document
This command create a new file called "Empty Document". '\' is required before blank space in filename.

After that, re-open file manager and right-click on blank area. You’ll see the ‘New Documents‘ menu with options you created as template.

You can create more files in the Templates via the previous command, e.g., touch ~/Templates/Untitled\ Document.odt, and / or touch ~/Templates/New\ Script.py. All of them will appear as sub-menu options under ‘New Documents‘.

That’s it. Enjoy!

Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a geek who has been working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.