How to Restore Missing “New” or “New Folder” 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. Sometimes users get the "New" menu but the "New -> Folder" option is missing in the 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 or "New Folder" option 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" or "New Folder" options 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 and "New Folder" option back into Desktop and Explorer context menu. So if you are also facing this problem, follow these simple steps to get menu option 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.

NOTE: If you have the "New" menu but the "New -> Folder" option is missing in your computer, try following Registry script to restore "New Folder" option in "New" menu:

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

Also Check:

How to Add or Remove Items from "New" Context Menu in Windows?

How to Enable / Disable "New -> Shortcut" Item in Windows Context Menu?

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

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