How to Restore Missing “New” Option in Desktop and Explorer Context Menu in Windows?

Many Windows users complain about missing "New" menu item in context menu (right-click menu). Whenever they right-click on Desktop or in Windows Explorer, they don't get the "New" option in context menu.

Most of the times this problem occurs due to a 3rd software such as tweaking utility or an old incompatible driver which removes the "New" menu by mistake as a result of bad programming by the developer. The software accidentally deletes a required key from Windows Registry which results into the missing "New" option in context menu.

Sometimes if the Registry key gets corrupted, it might also cause "New" menu disappearing from context menu.

Today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to add or enable the "New" menu back into Desktop and Explorer context menu. So if you are also facing this problem, follow these simple steps to get "New" menu back:

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now go to following key:


2. Now create a new key "New" under "ContextMenuHandlers" key.

3. Select "New" key and in right-side pane, set the value of Default to:


4. Close Registry Editor and you'll get the missing "New" option back in context menu.

PS: If you don't want to modify the Registry and want a ready-made Registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and then run the extracted .REG file:

Download Registry Script to Restore "New" Option in Windows Context Menu

It'll ask for confirmation, accept it. It'll immediately restore the missing "New" menu item in context menu of any Windows version you are using.

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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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  • You sound like you know what you are doing here.....

    I want to restore all my default context windows when I right click on a file on the desktop. They are all messed up and I can't seem to get anyone who knows how to fix this.

    I am using Windows 7, Office 2010 Ultimate. Can you help me?

  • VG

    ^^ You should try to repair Windows using setup disc. It'll restore default files and settings.

  • A Big Thank You goes out for this fix. It was driving me nuts!

  • It appalls me that it's possible to lose the ability to create a new directory at all. This is FUNDAMENTAL to a PC's utility. This should never happen in the first place. The bad programmers at Microsoft are just as culpable in this as the jerks who can't be bothered to test their software installs properly.

  • @PC User
    Are you sure that you are wise enough to jerk off towards Microsoft?
    It's not Microsoft's fault, it's mishandling of registry that caused this error.

  • You see this kind of stuff all the time. Even if it is something new under the sun, the existing connectivity that killed our privacy, should be savvy enough to communicate the problem to those who can do something about this, This is the second time I've been bitten. There's no excuse for this silly SNAFU to exist more than a month or two anymore.

    I'm not trying to be a smart-ass. This seem self evident to me. Maybe somebody empowered to do something about it will see it tomorrow.

    Or maybe not. LOL :D ;)

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  • i can't creat new folders again in my system. i am using windows 8. please help me. The New option is still there, but folder option is missing. Tanx.

  • VG

    ^^ Try CTRL+SHIFT+N hotkey. Does it create new folder?

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  • Does not work for Win 10.

  • Thanks a lot! Worked like a charm. The only thing weird was, I had to create the Background key, the shellex key, and the ContextMenuHandlers key as well as the New key. But after doing so, it worked perfectly! Thanks a lot.

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