New File Menu 4+

Create files via Finder menu

Coral Wu

    • 4.2 • 82 Ratings
    • $1.99



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
• Create new files via the "New File Menu" Finder toolbar button
• Create new files via the "New File Menu" share menu
• Create new files via drag and drop
• 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
• Various options to configure the app behavior

* Built-in File Types

• Plain text document
• Rich text document
• MS Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• iWork documents (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 re-enable it. 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: 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: How to hide New File Menu from the Dock?
A: Please simply quit New File Menu, the context menu extension will continue to work.

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.

Should you have any further questions, please visit and leave a message.

What’s New

Version 1.6

• Add the "New File Menu" share menu (System Preferences » Extensions » Share Menu)
• Add an option to add the "New File" menu to external drives (New File Menu Preferences » Finder)
• Support changing the file format in the save dialog

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Cayenne_11 ,

Awkward for External Disks

Update: You can add external disks through the preferences, so ignore comments on that below.
Also updated rating to 4 stars.


Sigh, was hoping to match Windows.

It seems to only directly work directly on the system disk and desktop.

To create a file on an external disk it’s a multi-step process.

1. First Method
a. Right click on Desktop
b. Select “New File” and file type required
c. Use the pop-up file naming dialog box to select an external disk and folder.
(Note: this pop-up dialog box is a Model box that comes to the front of all windows. It cannot be moved. You must “Cancel” or “Save” to uncover other windows. It should be “Modeless”)

2. Second Method (more awkward)
a. Right click on Desktop
b. Select “New File” and file type required
c. Use the pop-up file naming dialog box, Name the file and “Save” to default Desktop.
d. Select the new file on the Desktop and “Move” (drag and hold down Command key) to a Finder window on the external disk.

So, if working on the System disk its good. Need to fix the Mode of the Save dialog box though.

Developer Response ,

Hi, you can add external volumes to "New File Menu Preferences -> Finder" in order to enable New File Menu for them. Thank you!

Da Newsdude ,

Appreciate the app. Why is it not part of the OS?

As long as I've worked on Macs, I have never understood why clicking in a folder to create and launch a new text file isn't already a thing. Instead, Apple's squad thinks it's perfectly fine to open your text editor, create your file, then save-as and navigate through your directory structer to finally save it where you want it. Ugh.

Thankfully, New File Menu resolves the issue for the cost of a Big Gulp, and gives you lots more options of filetypes to create, too. It is a huge timesaver for those of us who live in the gui, but I can see why command-line afficianados would find it superfluous; they can create a new file anywhere. But that's not me. And I'm thankful for New File Menu.

2oh1 ,

Fantastic App!

As others have said, this is the sort of thing Apple should have built into the OS. It's fantastic. I'd recommend it enthusiastically. It's great being able to add a text file to a folder with just a click. I find myself doing this a lot with projects I'm working on. Right-click: New Text File & I jot down info to file away. So fast. So easy. I wish I'd found this app a long time ago.

To the developer: It would be great if closing the app's window closed the app, since the app doesn't need to be running once it's set up. Also, it'd be great if the app's website gave examples of how to make the most out of some of the app's other features (found in the settings).

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