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Have upgraded from Ubuntu 16.04 - 17.04 and i noticed a lot of changes. Some good, some not so good.

1. Right click on empty space

2. Select: New Document


There is no Text Document option to open, instead i see a list of something that i have installed.

Where it is supposed to say: (Empty Document) I see the folders that i have saved in Templates. But no where to click to actually open an empty document.

However, if i open an already existing text document and right click on it in the menu bar then i can choose New Document and choose where to save it. But not directly in a folder or on the desktop.

P.S I for some unknown reason can not take screenshots of it.

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    You should at least have the "new empty document" option there. Did you click in a directory where you have write permission? – Jos May 2 '17 at 17:57
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    Perhaps a screenshot would be helpful? – kevlarjacket May 2 '17 at 17:58
  • kevlarjacket: I would if i could. As soon as i right click the mouse i can't take screenshots. However i made a smal update in the main post. – Dr.Buntu May 2 '17 at 19:25
  • Jos: If i do not have permission something is really wrong in this version since i'm the head admin of pc. – Dr.Buntu May 2 '17 at 19:26
  • Don't you have a + icon for tab? That's for empty new document! – Anwar May 24 '17 at 10:27

Ubuntu 16.10 and Later:

Later versions of Nautilus ("Files") removed this feature so you cannot create a blank text-file by just clicking anywhere. You need to use the "Templates" folder for this purpose.

To do this, first navigate to your templates directory: Templates folder

Then open a Terminal in that folder (by right clicking > "Open in Terminal") and then type the following command in the terminal.

touch "Blank Document"

You can name this file anything you want. I personally prefer "Blank Document" because what it creates is essentially a blank document.

After this you should be able to create blank text-files anywhere you want (and are allowed to): creating a blank-document Ubuntu 17.04

Note: You can use the Templates folder to do many other things like creating a particular image, etc. Anything you put there will appear in the "New Document" menu.

Is there any way to create a simple txt file without opening the terminal?

  • HI Matas and thank you for your answer. This issue only accured in Ubuntu 17.04, I have never had this issue before with any earlier versions of Ubuntu. I simply just want to open a normal blank and empty (Text Document) to able to write in and save plain text. That i can do now since I changed back to Ubuntu 16.04. So no matter if i right click on the Desktop or in a Folder i will get this option: New Document » Empty Docuemnt. – Dr.Buntu Jul 13 '17 at 9:59

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