Personalization Add or Remove New context menu in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the New context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

The New context menu allows users to create a new Folder, Library, Shortcut, Bitmap image, Text Document, and Compressed (zipped) Folder by default in the current location.

The New context menu will only have Folder available in system locations.

The New context menu will only have Library available in Libraries.


You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the New context menu.

This will not affect the New drop menu on the File Explorer (Win+E) command bar below.

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EXAMPLE: New context menu
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New_context_menu_in_Libraries.png

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Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

2 To Add New Context Menu

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_New_context_menu.reg


(Contents of .reg file)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New]
@="{D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\LibraryFolder\background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New]
@="{D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}"

3 To Remove New Context Menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_New_context_menu.reg


(Contents of .reg file)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\LibraryFolder\background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New]

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Hi,
Funny wonder why they didn't hide that under show more options :lmao:
 

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Thanks Shawn, I was about to reinstall, tried everything for the past 2 weeks to get any type of addition to the context menu. This restored the all the missing context menu items. folder, text document, rich text, zip, shortcut.

Much appreciated.
 

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Thanks Shawn, I was about to reinstall, tried everything for the past 2 weeks to get any type of addition to the context menu. This restored the all the missing context menu items. folder, text document, rich text, zip, shortcut.

Much appreciated.

You're most welcome, and welcome. :alien:
 

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Unfortunately it does not work for 23H2, build 22631.2361 (release preview).
 

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Unfortunately it does not work for 23H2, build 22631.2361 (release preview).

Hello, and welcome. :alien:

Which option and/or part doesn't work for you?
 

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Hello, and welcome. :alien:

Which option and/or part doesn't work for you?

I downloaded the .reg file to enable classic context menu, executed, rebooted and no changes.

But I managed to fix it by using the WinAeroTweaker program and set option to enable classic menu in it then it is done after reboot. Classic menu is back in 23h2. I made clean a install of windows 11 just FYI.
 

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    ASUS TUF B550M PLUS WI-FI II
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    Asgard FREYR 32GB - DDR4 3600 - Running at 3733mhz
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    MSI TRIO RTX3070 Gaming-Z
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    Logitech G432
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I downloaded the .reg file to enable classic context menu, executed, rebooted and no changes.

But I managed to fix it by using the WinAeroTweaker program and set option to enable classic menu in it then it is done after reboot. Classic menu is back in 23h2. I made clean a install of windows 11 just FYI.

Ah, you wanted to do this below instead. :alien:

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
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    Chrome and Edge
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    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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