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Windows 7: NEW Context Menu - Edit for Desktop

03 Nov 2015   #30
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Another option is to do a system restore using a restore point dated when it was in the New context menu to hopefully sort it for you.


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03 Nov 2015   #31
WebPixie

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Another option is to do a system restore using a restore point dated when it was in the New context menu to hopefully sort it for you.
That would've been prior to the clean Windows 7 install that I did in early October so, unfortunately, there is no restore point like that.
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03 Nov 2015   #32
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

In that case WebPixie, let's see if the .reg file below may sort this for you. It'll restore the default registry entry for .doc files for the "New" context menu.

You'll just need to download it to your desktop, double click on it to merge it, then approve all prompts.


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03 Nov 2015   #33
WebPixie

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Yay!!! Word is right back there where it belongs!
Thanks so very much!!!
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03 Nov 2015   #34
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well WebPixie I see that between you and Brink you got your problem taken care of.

Happy computing.
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03 Nov 2015   #35
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WebPixie View Post
Yay!!! Word is right back there where it belongs!
Thanks so very much!!!
You're most welcome WebPixie.
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29 Jul 2016   #36
gogos7

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

I would like to thank Brink for his "doc.reg" file in post #32, that fix my problem also.
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29 Jul 2016   #37
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogos7 View Post
I would like to thank Brink for his "doc.reg" file in post #32, that fix my problem also.
I'm glad it could help gogos7.
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12 Mar 2017   #38
Bjar726

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit running in Parallels virtual machine
 
 
How to add 7zip to Windows 7's right-click New context menu

How to add 7zip to Windows 7's right-click New context menu

I'm using Windows 7 Professional x64. If you're using another version of Windows, this may or may not work for you.

1. Back up your Registry or take a system snapshot just in case you mess something up.

2. If, at some time in the past, you already right-clicked on a 7zip file, clicked Properties, clicked on Change next to Open With, selected 7zip, and checked the box for "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file", or if, at some point, you right-clicked and chose Open With Choose Default Program 7zip, you might need to undo that action. The reason is because the User Choice overrides the normal file extension actions (including, I think, the ability to add 7zip to the right-click New menu). If so, open the Registry and search for 7zFM.exe in the Open With list. Delete this key, resetting your 7zip back to a pristine state. Hit F5 to Refresh the Desktop and confirm that when you double-click on a 7zip file, Windows doesn't know what program you want to use.

3. Use Notepad or your favorite text editor to create a simple text document containing a few words.

4. Using 7zip, add this simple textfile into a new 7zip file and save to the Desktop as 7z.7z. In my case, my resulting 7z.7z file was about 220 bytes.

5. Re-open 7z.7z and delete the text file so that now, the 7z file is empty. The reason for steps 3 to 5 is so that the file will have the proper binary format for opening with 7z. If you simply create a random empty text file and change the extension from .txt to .7z, or a zero-byte .7z file, the file probably won't open with 7zip.

6. Right-click on the altered 7z.7z, choose Properties, and confirm that it is now fewer bytes than the original. In my case, my empty 7z.7z was 32 bytes. Those 32 bytes probably contain the code that 7zip needs to be able to open the file.

7. Confirm that 7z.7z still opens properly in 7zip.

8. Copy 7z.7z to your Windows folder. You can copy the file somewhere else if you prefer, but you will need to change the subsequent instructions accordingly. Just make sure to copy it somewhere that is safe from meddling and accidental deletion.

9. Open the Registry Editor (Start Run regedit) and scroll down to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.7z.

10. Right-click on the .7z key and Export to the Desktop, so that you can go back to original settings if necessary.

11. In the right-hand pane of .7z, change the (Default) value to 7z_auto_file. I chose this name because Windows 7 automatically creates a key with this name when you right-click a .7z file and choose to open with 7zip. You could probably use another name if you changed the subsequent instructions accordingly.

12. Right-click on the .7z key and choose New Key. Name the key ShellNew.

13. Click on the ShellNew key.

14. In the right-hand pane of ShellNew, right-click and create a new String Value named FileName.

15. Double-click on the FileName string and change the value to C:\Windows\7z.7z. Note that if you try to use %SystemRoot% here, the resulting 7zip file from a right-click New menu probably won't open properly or at all. When I used %SystemRoot%\7z.7z, my 7zip file was 0 bytes and refused to open. So I changed the path back to C:\Windows\7z.7z. I think this might have something to do with ShellNew requiring a "fully-qualified name" also known as a fully-qualified file path.

16. Right-click on HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and create a New Key called 7z_auto_file.

17. In the Registry Editor, click on Favorites Add to Favorites to create Favorites for HKCR .7z and HKCR 7z_auto_file, so that you can return to each one quickly with a couple of mouse clicks.

18. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\7z_auto_file.

19. Change the (Default) value to Compressed (7zipped) Folder.

20. Right-click on the 7z_auto_file key and create a New Key called DefaultIcon.

21. Right-click on the 7z_auto_file key again and create another New Key called shell.

22. Click on the DefaultIcon key.

23. In the right-hand pane, change the (Default) value to point to your favorite 7zip icon. You can download miscellaneous 7zip icons online. I used one named 7z_blue_icon.ico that is 72 x 72 pixels and displays 7z on a blue and white background. I copied my ICO file to Windows and set the value to C:\Windows\7z_blue_icon.ico,0. Be sure to include the comma zero after the file path.

24. Go to the shell key that you created a few minutes ago.

25. Right-click on shell and create a New Key called Open.

26. Right-click on Open and create a New Key called Command.

27. Click on Command. In the right-hand pane, change the (Default) value to point to 7Zip's File Manager (not its GUI), with %1 to indicate that 7zFM should open a file. Put both components in double quotation marks to accomodate any long filenames. For me, the value was "C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7zFM.exe" "%1".

28. Hit F5 within Registry Editor and on the Windows Desktop to refresh Explorer. You shouldn't need to reboot.

29. Try the right-click context menu on the Desktop. You may have to try twice or wait about 5 seconds before you see any change. You should ultimately see a new entry, New Compressed (7zipped) Folder.

30. Create the new 7zip file and confirm that the file opens properly when double-clicked. Confirm that you can add files to the 7zip compressed file and can save the edited file.

If everything works as expected, go back to Registry Editor and Export the keys for .7z and for 7z_auto_file so that you can Import them in the future; when you reinstall Windows, for example. Note that in the exported reg files, the Windows folder is enclosed in double backslashes for some reason: C:\\Windows\\7z.7z.

Good luck.



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