Add PowerShell file (*.ps1) to New Context Menu of File Explorer

In this article, we will see how to get a useful context menu item to create a New -> Windows PowerShell script. It will save you time if you need to create them from time to time. You get a new file with the PS1 extension instantly with one click.


Usually, to create a PowerShell file, you can either create a new text file and rename its extension every single time to .ps1, or you can use Notepad. Using Notepad, it is possible to save the entered text as a powershell file by selecting the File - Save menu item and typing the filename with the ps1 extension in quotes. It is necessary to add quotes to save it with the correct extension. Another option is the app Windows PowerShell ISE, which starts very slow, but can save your scripts directly to .ps1 files.

Instead, the New -> Windows PowerShell script menu item is more useful. To get it working, apply the following simple Registry tweak.

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.ps1

    Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.

  3. Create a new subkey here named "ShellNew". You will get
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.ps1\ShellNew

    Create new ShellNew Create new ShellNew 2

  4. Under the ShellNew subkey, create a new string value named NullFile. Don't set its value data, leave it empty. This value indicates that Windows should create an empty file without any content. Create NullFile parameter

Now, open the context menu of any folder. You can just right click the empty space on your Desktop. It will have a new item in the "New" context menu: New Windows PowerShell Script Once you click it, a new empty *.ps1 file will be created: New Windows PowerShell Script 2

The next time you need to create a PowerShell script file, you can use this context menu item to save your time.

I made ready-to-use Registry files, so you can avoid manual Registry editing. An undo file is also included.

Download Registry files

That's it. This tricks works in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. It should work in older Windows versions too.

To save your time, use Winaero Tweaker. It has the appropriate option under Context Menu\New Menu in File Explorer: winaero-tweaker-new-ps1-file You can get the app here: Download Winaero Tweaker.

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