While I have a nautilus window open I can do Ctrl+Shift+N to create a new folder in the current directory. However there is no default keyboard shortcut for creating a new document. How would I create one?
First, open gconf-editor and set
true. This lets you edit menu shortcuts.
Second, open a terminal and type:
killall nautilus && UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= nautilus
This will relaunch Nautilus with the standard (non-Unity) menu bar, because the Unity menu bar doesn't support this feature. (It will respect your changed shortcuts, but it won't let you change them.)
Now, open the file menu, hover the mouse over Create Document > Empty File and press your desired shortcut. Ctrl-Alt-N seems like a decent choice, or you can reassign Ctrl-N. You should see the accelerator hint change in the menu.
Finally, relaunch Nautilus without the
UBUNTU_MENUPROXY variable to get your Unity menus back with the new shortcut.
Edit: The solution for newer versions is nearly the same , except you need to use
dconf-editor instead of
gconf-editor. You can install the
dconf-tools package to get dconf-editor.
killall nautilus ... command did not appear to be necessary.
- Run dconf-editor.
- Go to
- Check the box for
- Open Nautilus and highlight the menu item whose key binding you want to change, either with your mouse or via the keyboard, and press the key(s) you want to use as the shortcut.
- Don't forget to uncheck
can-change-accelsin dconf-editor after you're done.
find unassigned command e.g. command_1
double click on value and type
next step go to
select run_command_1 (in this example) , double click on the value and set the preferred shortcut
Logout/Login from/to system
On Ubuntu 16.04, I tried to change the accels by hovering-and-pressing-shortcut but it didn't seem to work. Then it dawned upon me, "Hey, why not use the default accels?!" And it worked perfectly for me.
So here's how to do it.
- Press Alt + F to open the File menu.
- Press D to go-to the New Document sub-file menu.
- Press E to create a new document.
If you just press it rapid succession, it feels almost like a keyboard shortcut. Press Alt + F, then immediately D and immediately after that E. Boom. You're welcome.