[HOME]October 26, 2015

How To Fix No New Options In Right-Click Context Menu.

Got up this morning to a discover a minor problem on my Windows 7 computer. I was trying to create a new text document by right-clicking on my desktop and choosing New and then Text Document only the New option was missing from my menu.

I could of just work around that by opening say my word processor, OpenOffice, and create the file and save it to my desktop. Shortcuts can be easily created through other means but creating folders....I went to Windows Explorer and clicked on the New Folder button but that didn't work.

Found the solution online here: https://tinyurl.com/oeac5to

It involves editing the registry and there is a download link to a reg file to use if you prefer not to dig in yourself.

Otherwise in either in the search-bar or the run command on your start menu. I actually don't have a search bar because I disabled it and can't get it back. An issue for another time.

Type in regedit and press enter.

You need to find the following key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New\

In front of HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT you see a little sideways triangle, click on that and it opens up then scroll down till you find a key called Directory. Then click on the little triangle before that and find Background repeat for shellex and then ContextMenuHandlers and finally if it's there New. Check that the default value is {D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719} by clicking on New and looking over to the right-hand side and looking under the Data column.

If not, just double-click on the line the says (Default) and a smal box will open that will allow you to type in the proper value, or just copy and paste this line


In my case the New key was missing completely, in that case you first click on ContextMenuHandlers to high-lite it then on the right-hand pane right-click and from the menu click on New and then Key. a new key will appear under ContextMenuHandlers, just name it New. Then just double-click on the line that says (Default) and a small box will open that will allow you to type in the proper value, or just copy and paste.

Restart the computer.