[Quick Tip] Enable ‘New Document’ Menu Option in Ubuntu 20.10

This is a beginner’s guide shows how to enable the menu option to create new document in Ubuntu 20.10 default Gnome Desktop.

When you right-click on the desktop or blank area in file browser, you’ll find it’s ridiculous that there’s no New Document (or New File) option out-of-the-box in Ubuntu.

I don’t know why but you can easily enable this option by creating an empty file in Templates folder.

  1. Open terminal either from your system application menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard.

  2. When terminal opens, run command:
    touch ~/Templates/New\ Document

    The command will create an empty file called New Document in your user’s Templates folder.

After that, you can see the “New Document” context menu as the picture in the top shows. And the file name (in the case it’s New Document) in the Templates folder will be shown as sub-menu items.

For more, you can go to the Templates folder, re-name the file or add more files (e.g., Untitled Document, Empty File, or New File) to change or add more sub-menu options.

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.