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Windows 7: 'New Text Document' missing?

10 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
'New Text Document' missing?

Hi,


I can't create an empty text document. I right-clicked on my desktop, pointed on New and then I can't see the 'New Text Document' option. I was able to make empty text documents a few weeks ago, but now I can't because the option is lost from the menu. I guess some software modified it. How can I get it back? I thoroughly scanned using sfc/scannow but it doesn't work. Please help.



Thanks.


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10 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Here you go buddy: NEW Context Menu - Edit for Desktop

Quote:
4. To restore all default items run this reg file:restore.reg
Let us know how it works for you.

Also see this one: New Context Menu - Remove & Restore Default Menu Items
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10 Apr 2010   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Check to see if Notepad is still operational. If you think some software has modified it then try a system restore to a point back where this feature was working.
Hope this helps

Sorry Jonathan_King - my slow typing and thinking - we crossed.
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10 Apr 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by frzwin7 View Post
Hi,


I can't create an empty text document. I right-clicked on my desktop, pointed on New and then I can't see the 'New Text Document' option. I was able to make empty text documents a few weeks ago, but now I can't because the option is lost from the menu. I guess some software modified it. How can I get it back? I thoroughly scanned using sfc/scannow but it doesn't work. Please help.



Thanks.
When you say "it doesn't work" are you referring the SFC or to the missing "New text document"?

Try following:
WIN key
type Notepad
Enter key

Win is that key with the funny looking wavy flag on it.

Doesn't solve the missing item problem but does let know if you still have notepad.exe in \windows\system32 folder.
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10 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Here you go buddy: NEW Context Menu - Edit for Desktop

Quote:
4. To restore all default items run this reg file:restore.reg
Let us know how it works for you.

Also see this one: New Context Menu - Remove & Restore Default Menu Items
None of those work. I tried to restore using the reg file but it doesn't work. I've also tried the other one too but it doesn't work either.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Check to see if Notepad is still operational. If you think some software has modified it then try a system restore to a point back where this feature was working.
Hope this helps

Sorry Jonathan_King - my slow typing and thinking - we crossed.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by frzwin7 View Post
Hi,


I can't create an empty text document. I right-clicked on my desktop, pointed on New and then I can't see the 'New Text Document' option. I was able to make empty text documents a few weeks ago, but now I can't because the option is lost from the menu. I guess some software modified it. How can I get it back? I thoroughly scanned using sfc/scannow but it doesn't work. Please help.



Thanks.
When you say "it doesn't work" are you referring the SFC or to the missing "New text document"?

Try following:
WIN key
type Notepad
Enter key

Win is that key with the funny looking wavy flag on it.

Doesn't solve the missing item problem but does let know if you still have notepad.exe in \windows\system32 folder.
Notepad still works.
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10 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi there, is it office you are talking about? If so, It sounds like you've had a 60 day trial and it has expired. They remove the option to create/amend any document when the trial expires. So you can open the document but thats all. If its a recently brought machine then could be this.

If its not a trial and its one you have paid for then run a repair install from Programs and Features.

Right click on the Office from Programs and Features and click "Change". You should then get two options, one being "Repair".

Hope this helps!
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10 Apr 2010   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

tezlewiz,
you are advised to read the original post from the thread starter and the entire thread.
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26 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

How repair a missing New Text Document in the Context Menu for Windows 7




STEP 1

1.) Go to the following link:

Default File Type Associations - Restore

2.) Scroll down to: Default Windows 7 File Extension Types:
3.) Select the following & download: txt - Text document files. The default program is Notepad
4.) Follow the instructions included in the .zip folder, then REBOOT your system when completed.

NOTE: This is will change a small part of your registry. Nothing significant to system operations. However, remember to make a backup of your registry in the event YOU make a mistake by not following the instructions.

The website states this will fix the problem; however, this fix by itself did nothing to add the New Text Document to my context menu. This is okay though as it is an important 1st step to fixing the problem.

STEP 2

Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
1.) Move to:
2.) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers

3.) Delete the New menu that already exists.
4.) From the Edit menu select New - Key and enter a name of New. Press Enter
5.) Move to your new New key
6.) Double click on its default value and enter the following (Copy and paste is best)
7.) {D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}
8.) Click OK
9.) Close the registry editor
10.) REBOOT your system now. You should now have a New item on the desktop context menu.


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21 Jan 2011   #9

Window 7 Starter
 
 

I had the same problem with "Text Document" missing from the New menu. In my case, the Default value in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt had been changed. All I had to do to fix the problem was to change the Default value back to txtfile

I know in XP that changing the file associations under HKEY_CURRENT_USER was optional, but I guess in Windows 7 it's mandatory.
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02 Apr 2012   #10

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Semicharm View Post
I had the same problem with "Text Document" missing from the New menu. In my case, the Default value in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt had been changed. All I had to do to fix the problem was to change the Default value back to txtfile

I know in XP that changing the file associations under HKEY_CURRENT_USER was optional, but I guess in Windows 7 it's mandatory.
Bingo! This solution worked for me, and is the simplest/fastest solution. The other solutions offered in this thread may work, but there's no need to go through all that. Just follow Semicharm's suggestion and you're back in business.

Too bad future readers will go through all the above suggestions first, and not see this until it might be too late to save them some time & energy.
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