# New Templates in Dolphin

I was using kio-gdrive to access my Google drive account using Dolphin (file manager). Since these are mounted as a virtual filesystem, I was not able to save files in them directly from libreoffice or any external program. So I thought creating a new document from dolphin and then editing an empty document would be easier to use. But information was scant regarding how to put together. I knew we needed a template which is just an empty file but I didn’t know how to put all this together to make it show up in Dolphin’s “Create New” context menu.

# Steps to get it working

The example assumes creation of an empty document (ODT file). First create a template file by saving an empty document in ~/Templates. This is just a suggested directory but any place would be fine. As of kf5, the path for user templates is ~/.local/share/templates which can be got from kf5-config --path templates.

So in ~/.local/share/templates, create an application file like so

# ~/.local/share/templates/writer.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Name=Writer Document
Terminal=false
Icon=libreoffice-writer