New File Menu

New File Menu allows you to create new files quickly via the Finder context menu.

New File Menu is simply the coolest way to create a new file on the Mac OS X platform, you can right click in any Finder window to create a new file! You can even right click on the desktop to create your files!

Important: New File Menu is implemented as a Finder extension, you need to enable “New File Menu Extension” in “System Preferences » Extensions” to make the context menu appear.

* Features

– Right click in any Finder window to create a new file
– Over 30 built-in file templates (please enable the templates you need in the New File Menu Preferences)
– Custom templates are supported, New File Menu is able to create virtually any kind of document
– Path extension is appended automatically
– A sound is played on file creation finish
– The newly created file is revealed in Finder
– You can chose to open the newly created file automatically by enabling the “Open file on creation finish” option in the preferences

* Built-in File Types

– Plain text document
– Rich text document
– MS Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
– iWork ’08 / iWork ’09 (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
– OpenOffice / LibreOffice documents (Text, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Drawing)
– Scripts (Shell, Python, Perl, Ruby, etc.)
– Many other kinds of documents


Q: I can’t find the context menu to create a new file?
A: Please make sure that you’ve enabled “New File Menu Extension” in “System Preferences » Extensions”, and make sure that you’ve added the specific location to New File Menu preferences.
If the problem persists, please disable “New File Menu Extension” in “System Preferences » Extensions” and then enable it again. The last resort is to relaunch Finder or restart your computer.

Q: There is no file templates available, what can I do?
A: Please remove the “~/Library/Group Containers/” folder and relaunch New File Menu, then the folder should be recreated. (Do remember to backup any important data in the folder before removing it.)

Q: How to create a document with arbitrary path extension?
A: Please enable the “Blank Document” template in New File Menu preferences and create the new file with this template, you’ll be able to enter arbitrary path extension.

Q: Is it possible to add the context menu to mounted volumes?
A: Yes. You need to add the volumes to New File Menu preferences first.

Q: Is it possible to make the save panel appear faster?
A: Please enable the “Keep the helper app running in the background” option in the New File Menu preferences, so that the app launching process is skipped.

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  1. 能不能将菜单收缩到一个菜单里呢

  2. Alessandro Fontana

    The latest update to New File Menu (putting menu items in a submenu) was excellent. May I suggest two additional updates?

    1. Prevent the Finder from automatically opening when creating a new file on the desktop.

    2. Prevent the “New File” context menu appearing when right-clicking on an existing file.

    Thank you in advance for considering these proposals.

  3. I do not want to see the New File Menu icon in the Dock. Is there a way to get rid of that icon while continuing to run the extension?

    • Hi Ron Miller,
      Please right click on the New File Menu app icon in the Dock and select “Quit”.
      The main app is mainly for configuration, and the helper app is windowless, you don’t have to keep the main app running in order to run the extension.
      Thank you!

  4. Alessandro Fontana

    Thank you for the new update… This app keeps getting better and better 😀 And your quick response is very much appreciated!

  5. Alessandro Fontana

    Thank you for the update (version 1.2.1)! Your immediate responses to feedback are awesome. And, at this point, even I can’t think of any way to make the app better 😀 It’s perfect as it is. Thanks again…

  6. I just wanted to say thank you for this app and your great support shown above in the comments!

  7. 您好,

    请问什么时候会有对 High Sierra 10.13 的支持呢?

  8. 求解,「新建文件使用的模板」里面是空的,要怎么解决呢?

    • 您好,请删除“~/Library/Group Containers/”目录后重启软件,模板将自动重建。(在 Finder 中可以按 Shift-Command-G 快捷键前往相应目录)

  9. Bobby Axelrod

    How do I create custom templates? I don’t see an option to create JavaSctipt files, or even just a blank option to create a file and give it an extension of my choice.

    • Bobby Axelrod

      I figured it out. Open the New File Menu app from the Applications folder, then select the Templates tab. You can remove, add, and reorder from there.

  10. High Sierra

    • Hi, New File Menu works well with macOS High Sierra. Thanks!

      • Wasn’t showing in High Sierra by default.

        Open the application, then use the button “Open System Preferences”. Deselect, and after that select again.

        Worked for me!

        Love it, thanks Langui!

  11. Hi Langui, Great app
    i only have one small issue:
    if i create a file in finder the file is created and that’s it
    but when i create a file on desktop the desktop folder is opened on finer, it’s kind of annoying, is there a way to prevent this?
    Ps: i disabled “open file on creation finish”

  12. Thanks for a great app!

    I use Alfred alot, letting me launch apps and various commands with the keboard. Do you know of it, and if so, what would be the best route to ad a keyboard command to create new files with your app without using the mouse?

    • Hi Rickard,
      You can use the following command format to invoke New File Menu:
      open newfilemenu://{dest-path}?{n}
      {dest-path} is the directory in which you would like to create the file, {n} is the n-th enabled template you would like to use (starting from 0).
      An example:
      open newfilemenu:///Users/username/Desktop?2
      Thank you!

  13. This thing always keeps on asking for directory access. Anyway to get away with that once and for all ?

    • Hi pickard,
      Please add your home directory ( “/Users/username” ) or the root directory (“/“) to “New File Menu Preferences -> Finder”.
      If you are using New File Menu on external drives, you’ll need to add them to New File Menu too.
      Thank you!

  14. 能否在Finder的工具栏添加一个图标呢?

    • 您好,
      请在 Finder 工具栏上点击右键,选择“自定义工具栏”,将 New File Menu 按钮(“+”号标志)拖放到 Finder 工具栏即可。

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