How can I add a right-click desktop menu entry to create a text file to Gnome 3 in Ubuntu 16.04.02?


Create a blank text file (you can create any type of file, not just text) in ~/Templates. Then in the right click menu under New document it will appear.

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Note: If your system language is not English, "Templates" is probably not the correct folder name in your case. Look for a folder already there in your ~/ whose name is equivalent to the English word "Templates". You can also get the location of the template folder by running the following command:

xdg-user-dir TEMPLATES

For example, in French it should be "Modèles" (screenshot courtesy of atmon3r):
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    works in Ubuntu 18.04 too
    – zwolin
    Sep 28 '18 at 16:15
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    kudos for the xdg-user-dir hint
    – denispyr
    Oct 7 '19 at 19:41
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    On my computer (Ubuntu 20.04), this works for right clicking in the file explorer, but does not work for right clicking on the desktop.
    – Nick Alger
    Jul 16 '20 at 21:20
  • @nick Yes, because the file explorer (Nautilus) doesn't handle the items on the desktop anymore on 20.04, see this: Basic desktop actions are not available on Ubuntu 20.04.
    – pomsky
    Jul 16 '20 at 23:46

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