Finder shortcut for creating a new empty file

Every now and then, for various reasons, I find myself wanting to add a new empty file to a folder. In the Windows world this is easily done through the context menu, i.e. right click→New→Text Document, but I didn’t have any neat way of doing it in Mac OS X Finder (without opening up Terminal to run “touch newfile”) – until I found this: http://www.codium.co.nz/touch%5Fhere%5Fapp/.

It works really well! For times when I want to have a bit more of “text beauty” I can create a file, open it in TextEdit and simply convert to Rich Text.

Open Terminal in Finder

Here’s how to add “Open in Terminal” in the context menu (right-click menu) of folders in Finder:

Go to System Preferences→Keyboard→Keyboard Shortcuts→Services and enable “New Terminal at Folder” (or “New Terminal tab at Folder”). It is also possible to add a keyboard shortcut for the command, e.g. Shift-Command-T. Adding a shortcut will disable the service from the context menu list so you might want to enable it again by checking the box.

To bring up the context menu and the possibility of selecting “New Terminal…” one must select a folder.