Enable ‘New Document’ Context Menu in Ubuntu 21.04 File Browser

This is a beginner’s guide shows how to enable the ability to create New Document in Ubuntu 21.04 file browser.

How could an operating system in 2021 do not even have an option to create new document? Yes, Ubuntu does not have it out of the box!

It seems to be a design issue. Ubuntu uses template for new document, but it does not have a default one. As a result, users have to manually create an empty document as template to enable ability to creating new documents.

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.

So all you to do is just create an empty file in Templates folder. The file name will appear as menu option for creating new document.

1.) Firstly open terminal either from system application launcher, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard.

2.) When terminal opens, run command to create empty file in Templates folder:

touch ~/Templates/Empty\ Document

The command will create a file called ‘Empty Document’ (without quotes).

NOTE the backslash "\" is required before blank space if any in file-name.

Now you can right-click on blank area in file manager and create new document!

To get more menu options, go to the Templates folder and creating more file templates!

Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a computer geek 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.