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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