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New Context Menu - Remove & Restore Default Menu Items

How to Remove and Restore the Default "New" Context Menu Items in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
12 Oct 2009
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How to Remove and Restore the Default "New" Context Menu Items in Windows 7 and Windows 8


information   Information
This will show you how to either remove or restore the default New context menu items in Windows 7 and Windows 8. These include the NEW - Folder, Shortcut, Bitmap image, Contact, Journal Document, Rich Text Document, Library, Text Document, Compressed (zipped) Folder, and Briefcase context menu items.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in the tutorial below.

Note   Note
You will only have Folder available in the New context menu in the root directory of the C: drive, C:\Windows folder, C:\Program Files folder, C:\Program Files (x86) folder, and C:\Users folder.


EXAMPLE: "New" Context Menu
NOTE: You can only see this New context menu when you right click on a empty space on the desktop or on a empty space in a Windows Explorer window.
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EXAMPLE: "New" Context Menu in Ribbon
NOTE: This is only available in the Home tab in the Windows 8 File Explorer Ribbon.
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EXAMPLE: "New" Context Menu in Root Directory
NOTE: In the C: drive, C:\Program Files, C:\Program Files (x86), and C:\Windows root directory folders and all of their subfolders, you will only have New - Folder available.
-root_directory_new_context_menu.jpg
EXAMPLE: "New" Context Menu in Libraries
NOTE: In the Libraries folder, you will only have New - Library available. However, in the included folders in a library, you will still have the default New context menu items available.
-libraries_new_context_menu.jpg
Here's How:
1. To Remove or Restore "Bitmap image"
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.
Bitmap_image_New_Context_Menu_Item.zip
download
2. To Remove or Restore "Briefcase"
NOTE: This item is not in the "New" context menu in Windows 8 by default, but can be added with this step.
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the below.
Briefcase_New_Context_Menu_Item.zip
download
3. To Remove or Restore "Compressed (zipped) Folder"
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the below.
Compressed_(zipped)_Folder_New_Context_Menu_Item.zip
download
4. To Remove or Restore "Contact"
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the below.
Contact_New_Context_Menu_Item.zip
download
5. To Remove or Restore "Folder"
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the below.
Folder_New_Context_Menu_Item.zip
download
6. To Remove or Restore "Journal Document"
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the below.
Journal_Document_New_Context_Menu_Item.zip
download
7. To Remove or Restore "Library"
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the below.
Library_New_Context_Menu_Item.zip
download
8. To Remove or Restore "Rich Text Document"
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the below.
NOTE: This is for a WordPad .rtf document file. If you have Office Word installed, then it may be set to be the default program instead of WordPad to open RTF files with and would remove Rich Text Document if so, and you may have Microsoft Word Document instead.
Rich_Text_Document_New_Context_Menu_Item.zip
download
9. To Remove or Restore "Shortcut"
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the below.
Shortcut_New_Context_Menu_Item.zip
download
10. To Remove or Restore "Text Document"
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the below.
Text_Document_New_Context_Menu_Item.zip
download
11. Save the .zip file to the desktop.

12. Open the downloaded .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the .reg file (remove or restore) that you want to use to your desktop.

13. Double click/tap on the extracted .reg file to merge it.

14. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve merging the .reg file.

15. You can now delete the downloaded ZIP and REG files if you like.

16. Sometimes it may take a moment before the missing New context menu item to reappear. If not, then restart the computer to apply.
That's it,
Shawn







23 Oct 2009   #1
maranello

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

hello guys, this is my 1'st post here, but i am following this forum for a while now and i discovered some great things here

this is my issue:
when i open the "New" context menu, instead of "Bitmap Image" i get "dfhfh\" , the icon is still the same but i get this weird text.
I tried removing and restoring the entry but no luck

here's a screen:



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23 Oct 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Maranello, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can use the Find and Find Next feature in regedit.exe to search the registry for the dfhfh\ entry. If found, you can right click on the entry for it, click on Modify, and change the name back to Bitmap images.

Only do this if you are confortable in the registry. Be sure to create a restore point first before doing this incase you make a mistake and need to undo it with a system restore.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 Oct 2009   #3
maranello

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

hey, thanks alot Brink for your detailed answer

i found 4 entrys in regedit named "Photoshop.BMPFile.11" with the "dfhfh\" value and i changed it to Bitmap Image (just on the 1'st entry) just like you said and everything is back to normal

cheers
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23 Oct 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

You're welcome Maranello. I'm happy to hear that's back to normal now.
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27 Oct 2009   #5
satchmo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

How do I remove the new Office documents (Word, Excel, etc) from the context menu?
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27 Oct 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Sarchmo,

You can use the free program ShellExView to remove or disable those Context Menu "Types".

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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27 Oct 2009   #7
satchmo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Thanks, Brink.
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27 Oct 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

You're welcome.
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05 Feb 2010   #9
BleepingCrazy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Brink,

I've tried your reg file to try and add the Wordpad.rtf file to the context menu but it's not showing up for some reason. I've tried ending all instances of the explorer process and restarting it. but no luck. Any Ideas?
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