New Context Menu Item - Restore or Remove

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How to Restore or Remove New from the Context Menu in Vista and Windows 7
Synopsis
This will show you how to restore or remove New from the context menu when you right click on the Desktop or in Windows Explorer.
How to Restore or Remove New from the Context Menu in Vista and Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to restore or remove New from the context menu when you right click on the Desktop or in Windows Explorer. By default, New is in the context menu.

You will need to be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.

For more information, see: Microsoft Help and Support: KB180257

Tip   Tip
If you are missing any of the default menu items in the New context menu, then see:

How to Restore Missing Default New Context Menu Items in Vista

or

How to Remove and Restore the Default Windows 7 New Context Menu Items


EXAMPLE: Desktop Context Menu with "New" Restored and Removed
Desktop_New.jpg Missing_Desktop_New.jpg
EXAMPLE: Windows Explorer Context Menu "with" New Restored and Removed
Explorer_New.jpg Missing_Explorer_New.jpg





OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download

1. To Remove New from the Context Menu
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Remove_New.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Restore New to the Context Menu
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Restore_New.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​




OPTION TWO
Through Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below and below step 5D)​
NOTE: If New is not in the left pane, then right click on ContextMenuHandlers and click New and key. Type in New and press Enter.​
Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New
Reg.jpg

5. To Remove New from the Context Menu
A) In the right pane, right click on (Default) and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)​
B) Clear the line and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify2.jpg

C) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)​
D) Go to step 7.​
Reg2.jpg

6. To Restore New to the Context Menu
A) In the right pane, right click on (Default) and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)​
B) Type {D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719} and press click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify.jpg

C) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)​
Reg.jpg

7. Close regedit.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
Last edited:
Shawn Brink

Comments

Good tutorial. Thanks!

Quick question: is there some way to edit the items within the New menu. For example, when I right click and hover over New, I get options like Contact or Office Word Document, etc. How do I (a) remove something from the menu and (b) organize it so that my favorite/most useful things are at the top?

Thanks!
 
Thanks, Brink. It helps a lot.

It's too bad I can't re-order them the way I want. It looks like they stay in the order of their file extension (i.e. doc before txt). Someone needs to make a program that allows me to be hyper organized to assuage my OCD, hehe.
 
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