Edit, Add, Remove items from New Context Menu in Windows 8 | 7

The Right Click Context Menu gives you added functionality by offering you actions you can take with the item. It also lets you create new documents, folders, shortcuts or items when you select the New context Menu. But over time, you may realize that you don’t really use most of the items in the New context menu or you may wish to add some entries. We have already seen how we can add, remove, edit all the Context Menu items in Windows. In this post we will see how you can  edit, add or remove items from New Context Menu in Windows 8 as well as Windows 7, using the Registry Editor or freeware to do it easily.

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Edit or Remove items from New Context Menu

Using Registry Editor

Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key and expand it:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

Look for the file-type New item which you would like to remove from the New context menu. If you want to remove New Word document, you will have to search for .docx key and expand it. Once you have done that you will have to delete the ShellNew key. This will remove the entry to create a new Word document from the new context menu.

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To add an item or file-type, search fo the file-type. Right-click on it and select New > Key and give it a name ShellNew. Now in the right pane, select New > String Value, name it NullFile and set its value at 1.

Using Freeware

You can also disable or remove items from New Context Menu easily using an open source tool called ShellNewHandler. Simply download this portable tool and run it.

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Uncheck the item you want disabled or removed and click Apply. The items will now no longer appear in your New context menu. To enable the item, simply check the box and click App.

Another freeware called New Menu Editor lets you remove as well as add new or different items to the New context menu easily.

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You can download it from its download page on CNET. Remember to click on the small Direct download link there to download only the tool. To add items, select the items in the left pane and click on the Add  or + button. To remove items, select items shown in the right pane and click on the Delete or Thrash button. Do read its Help file for details.

Cleaning the New Context Menu, will give you a smaller new menu, by removing the items you do not want.

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Check this if your NEW context menu is missing in Windows.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
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    New Menu Editor helped me put things in order. Thank you very much!

  • westwingpotus

    Exactly what I was looking for, thanks!

  • Shahriar Dadgar

    Very helpful. Thank you. I’ve been looking for this for a long time.

  • Kon

    The New Context Menu works, thanks a lot

  • J.T. Brown III

    Does anyone know how to RE-ORDER the New Menu Items? Is there a tool or technique? Thx.

  • Viv

    I am looking for some help:
    I have introduced a new drop down item called Encrypt at right click to all file types – therefore I had to add it as :

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*shellEncrypt

    Now this drop down would be visible to all type of files at their right click.
    But I also have files of type .crypt
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTencryptedfile (encryptedfile is defined of type .crypt)

    Now I do not want this drop down ‘Encrypt’ to be visible when I right click files of type .crypt
    How can this be achieved?
    Thank you

  • John Francis

    The ShellNew Handler, the first one, worked perfect. I downloaded the New Menu Editor too but quit the install as it kept offering to install other items and my system warned me something about changes being made to browser toolbars, been there before, so quit the install, but ShellNewHandler did the job! Thank you!

    I used to use TweakUI for this but it doesn’t work with Win7.

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