How to Create a Text File on Mac OS X

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How to Create a Text File on Mac OS X

Unread postby saurabhg » Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:19 pm


Creating a Text File on Mac OS X manually is a bit more challenging than performing a simple right mouse click and selecting to create a New > Text Document, like you do from within Windows. However, the task is still relatively simple… just takes a different approach. In the following simple solution, I cover one manual method of quickly making a new text file within the Mac OS X environment. I used Mac OS X 10.7.3.

Creating a New Text File from a Mac OS X Environment

1. Click the Magnifying Glass in the upper right hand corner of your Mac OS X Desktop,

2. Type Terminal into the Spotlight,

3. Select Terminal from the list. Open Terminal Mac OS X

From the Terminal Window that opens,

1. Type cd desktop and press Enter/Return,

2. Type touch new_file.txt and press Enter/Return,

3. You should now see the new_file.txt file on your desktop. Make a new text file on a Mac OS X

Additional Notes: Using cd, you can change to any directory (doesn't have to be desktop). You can use touch to create a new file named whatever you want (doesn't have to be named newfile,txt).


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