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Add Or Remove Apps From The New Item Menu In File Explorer In Windows 10

File Explorer received a major overhaul in Windows 8 and the new UI, more or less, made it to Windows 10. The ribbon under the Home menu features a button called ‘New Item’. It is similar to the ‘New’ option you get in the right-click context menu and it allows you to create a new file of a certain type. The options under the New Item menu in File Explorer are usually the same ones you see in the right-click context menu. There are two ways to add and remove an option to this menu. Here’s what you need to do.

Add App To New Item Menu – Windows Registry

Open the Windows Registry with administrative rights. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and expand it. Look for the corresponding file extension that you want to add to the New Item menu. For example, if you want to add Photoshop to it, look for the .psd key.

Right-click the key and select New>Key and name it ‘ShellNew’.

new item key

Next, right-click the ShellNew key you just created and select New>String Value. Name it NullFile, and you’re done. Close File Explorer and open it again. The file item should be added. If it isn’t, try the second method below.

new item string key

Add App To New Item – Windows Shell Folder

Go to C:\Windows\ShellNew and paste a file that is the same type as the one you want to add to the menu. For example, to add Photoshop to the New Item menu, paste a PSD file in this folder. Close File Explorer and open it again. This will also add the item to the right-click context menu.

Removing App From New Item – Windows Registry

Open the Windows Registry with administrative rights. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and expand it. Look for the file extension you want to remove and expand its corresponding key. Remove the ‘ShellNew’ key.

Remove App From New Item – Windows Shell Folder

Go to C:\Windows\ShellNew and remove the file type for the corresponding app entry you want to remove.

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