How do you create a document on a Mac? First, you open up the app that will create the document.
When you’re done with your creation, you save the document somewhere. That’s the time honored approach. Amazingly, there’s a different way to approach documents. We double click documents to open them in an app, why not double-click to create a document?
Two Tricks, One Is Free
As much as it pains me to say it, I’ve been using a Mac far longer than I care to admit. Yet, here we are, early in the 21st century. The Mac is truly mainstream. And I just learned a new way to create documents on a Mac.
Interestingly enough, this tried and true method has been around awhile. And it’s simple to use.
First, create a document in your Mac app of choice. Excel. Word. PowerPoint. Keynote. Numbers. Pages. Whatever.
Let’s treat the document as if it’s a template. That’s what it is. Save the document to the Desktop. Then, right click on the file and select Get Info. There’s a setting in Get Info that does something useful.
Click on the Stationary Pad button. Then, close the Get Info panel. This is what it looks like.
Now, in the Mac Finder, when you double-click to open the document, something interesting happens. It opens a copy instead, leaving the original document untouched. It becomes a template instead of a document.
Nice, right? That brought to mind a Mac app we reviewed some time ago that uses a shelf so you can double-click documents instead of double-clicking to launch an app.
QuickPick looks and works somewhat like Launchpad in Mac OS X Lion. But it creates a handy shelf on screen which can be used as a launcher—for apps and documents.
If you create a template document, a simple double-click in QuickPick’s shelf opens the app and a blank document, which saves you a few steps from the old fashioned way of app first, then create document.
Sure, you can do something similar in the Dock, but that place gets crowded very quickly, hence the dozens of Mac app launchers on the market.
QuickPick doesn’t even require a click to invoke.
Set it up as a hotspot or keyboard shortcut. All the windows on your Mac’s screen disappear (just as in Launchpad), and all the documents and apps you want are ready for a click.
You can rearrange the file, folder, and app icons on the screen. And, you can add more screens (just as in Launchpad). It’s an elegant, simple, quick way to pick an app or select a document, with a single click.