Saturday, September 3, 2016

Nautilus: Add touch action in context menu

This is a modification I make to nautilus in every computer I own.

Just make a 'touch' option available when you select a file or folder. This tutorial can be modified to include other commands as well. I have used it for Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04 and 16.04.

First, install nautilus actions

sudo apt-get install nautilus-actions

and launch it.


(1) Create a new item
  • Create the item using the '+' icon and name the action (Ex: 'Touch'). Use a short name, since it is used in teh context menu
  • Edit Action and Command tabs accordingliy. Ex:
    • Path: /usr/bin/touch
    • Parameters: %F (see Legend button to get more options)
    • Working directory: %d
  • Save (icon save)

(2) Right click on the new action that appeared in the Item list area
  • go to preferences
  • Ensure the 'Nautilus menu layout' > 'Create a root...' is disabled

Restart Nautilus
pkill nautilus

Well done!

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