Whether you switch from Windows to Mac OS X, or vice versa, there’s going to be at least one thing that felt very comfortable doing on one OS, that doesn’t on the other. In the case of switching from Windows to Mac, there is one handy function that, for one reason or another, Apple refuses to implement with every new release of its OS – the ability to create a simple text file by right-clicking in Finder.
While Windows users have it easy for them – Right click->New->Text Document –, Mac owners are stuck with having to actually fire up TextEdit (or whatever word processor they use) by clicking its icon in the Dock, editing it, and selecting the location where they want it saved. Needless to point out, this is a time-consuming, and annoying process that all Mac users need to endure because of Apple’s stubbornness. Or do they?
Jonas Wisser, whose primary interests include the Mac community, emerging technologies, education, morality, and religion & spirituality, has worked up this cool AppleScript that allows you to get the best of both worlds in three simple steps.
1. Download “NewTextFileHere” toolbar script for Finder (hosted here on Softpedia)
3. Press CMD + Drag application to Finder toolbar (as shown in the first screenshot below)NewRTFHere script, which lets you save formatting.
N.B. Go to TextEdit - Preferences - Format - Plain Text, if you prefer to save as Plain Text, not as the default RTF format.
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Updated March 4, 2014.
How To: Create New Text File in Finder
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