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Create New Template Service Menu


KDE Service Menu

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Create New Template Service Menu

Create New Template Service Menu

Link:  http://
Downloads:  907
Submitted:  Feb 18 2007
Updated:  Mar 5 2007


A context menu item for KDE and Konqueror that automates adding Create New... menu entries from existing files. It adds a "Create Template" item to the Actions submenu of the context menu. It consists of a service menu .desktop file and a shell script.

KDE Create New Template Service Menu

This service menu removes the hassle of hand-coding Create New... menu entries. It is accessed by right-clicking regular file icons on the desktop or in Konqueror, pointing to Actions, and selecting Create Template.

It consists of a service menu .desktop file and a Bash shell script. The Create Template service menu runs a shell script that brings up two dialogs--one for choosing an icon to associate with the Create New... menu entry, and the other for entering the menu item text itself. It uses this information to write a Create New... menu item .desktop file. The shell script bases the name of the .desktop file on the name of the document file clicked on from the desktop and places a copy of the file in the .sources subdirectory of ~/.kde/share/templates.

The service menu should be placed in ~/.kde/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus and the shell script in ~/bin.

I suggest that users first install the Simple Service Menu Installer available from http://www.kde-apps.org/content/download.php?content=23760&id=1. That service menu provides the same service for installable service menus that mine does for document templates and will greatly simplify the process of installing this service menu. After downloading that service menu just right-click on it, point to Actions, point to Install Service, and click one of the options available on the submenu. Then to install my service menu, just follow the same proceedure and place the shell script in your personal ~/bin directory.

From that point on you will have a nice, simple method of adding both installable service menus and templates to the KDE context menu.

This project is released under the terms of the GNU GPL v.2.0.


If you have any suggestions or improvements, please send them to my sourceforge address. Thanks.

Scott Bicknell


Version 0.2.1:

1. Changed menu icons to more appropriate ones.

Version 0.2:
This version of mktemplate offers two improvements:

1. Templates can be created either in your user account or system-wide
2. File names with spaces are handled gracefully

(mktemplate 0.2.1)
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 Love it!

 by BorgQueen on: Feb 19 2007
Score 50%

This is great. Thank you very much.
I do have a suggestion. Create some base templates to include with it. I'll try to create some for multimedia, scribus, OOo, and a few more over the next few weeks. If you'd like to help or want something specific (or anyone would just like to help to create a library of templates), you can find me at #arklinux, on freenode.net.

Thanks again!

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 Auto Add Ext

 by BorgQueen on: Feb 19 2007
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Another suggestion I thought of is have it auto add the ext. For example .png for png files. Enter the name of the template and go.

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 Add Action Service M

 by penguiniator on: Jun 18 2007
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This is the service menu installer I meant to refer to above.

73, AC7ZZ
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 Creating the same by hand

 by uldics on: Jan 14 2009
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I was trying to do this by hand, as it is not so frequently i would use such script. I find it useful, but, hehe, dont need it myself. So, i found lots of tutorials and descriptions of how to make specific "Actions" entries, but wanted "Create new". This page made me think a bit (at last!) and I got it to work.

1. I made a folder (it didnt exist before) - /home/myusername/.kde/share/templates
2. I saved my template files - this time with Open Office writer and calc in this folder
3. the "Create new" menu had two new entries at same moment, without any restarts, but they didnt work
4. so i renamed them to "ODF text document.odt.desktop" and "ODF spreadsheet.ods.desktop" and now it works!

I'm sure this works with anything single file project. But I'm tempted to experiment further - what about making folders for some "manyfilesinoneproject". There are some video editing (like make new DVD) or 3D editing programs, which have lots of files for each job.

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 is this add-on still working

 by dwlamb on: May 15 2014
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I like the concept of this add-on but wonder is it still functional? I am using Kubuntu 12.04 and followed the steps for installing the helper add-on and then your add-on. I received a message that the service had been created but when I right-clicked in Dolphin or Konqueror to try it out, no entry was found in the Actions sub-menu.
Might it show up after a system reboot?

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