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Creating a new text file in the Finder

newtextfileWhen switching from one operating system to another, sometimes it's not obvious how to do something that was straightforward to do on the previous OS.

As someone who switched from Windows to a Mac a couple of years ago, I was able to find easy solutions to most of the things that I originally struggled with. But there is one irritant that has stuck around for the past two years, and though I've found various workarounds, it's still unclear to me why OS X has this gaping hole in the functionality of the Finder.

The issue I'm talking about is the Finder's inability to create a file, specifically a text file, in the folder the user is actively viewing. There are lots of reasons that you might want to quickly drop a text file into a folder, and for some reason Apple thinks that if you want to do this, you should open a text editor, create the file, then save it and re-navigate to the folder that you were already looking at in the Finder.

Though the Finder can't do this simple task, there is a way to make it pretty straightforward with the use of an Applescript compiled as an executable app. Download this file hosted on Droplr, and unzip it into a folder where you can trust it won't be deleted. Then, viewing that folder, simply drag the file up to the Finder's toolbar, where you'll see a script icon added. Now, clicking this icon will automatically create an empty text file called new.txt in whatever folder you happen to be viewing. Simply double-click the new file to edit it, and you're done.

[via storiesofmac]

Tags: Applescript, finder, operating system, OperatingSystem, OS X, OsX, text, text file, TextFile