Edit, Add, Remove items from New Context Menu in Windows 10/8/7

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 10/8/7, using the Registry Editor or freeware to do it easily.

Remove items from New Context Menu

Edit or Remove items from New Context Menu

Using Registry Editor

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


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.


To add an item or file-type, search for 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.


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.


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 are 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.

delete items from New Context Menu

See how you can add new file type in New Item of Windows File Explorer Ribbon Menu. And check this if your NEW context menu is missing in Windows. See this post if Context Menu freezes or is slow to open.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.