File Explorer includes a useful feature that allows creating new files from the right-click menu. Depending on the current location, the user can create a new library, a new folder, or a number of registered file types like *.txt, *.bmp, and more. If you find no use for certain entries in the New menu, you can remove them from there.
For a general location (e.g. when you right-click on the Desktop), the New menu of File Explorer includes the following items:
- Bitmap image
- Right text format
- Text document
- Compressed zip folder
When you are browsing a system location, e.g. your system drive, the only option available in the New menu is New -> Folder.
Finally, in the Libraries folder you can create a new library and nothing else.
It is worth mentioning that File Explorer duplicates the contents of the New menu in the Ribbon. See the following screenshot.
Today, we will see how to remove entries from the New menu in File Explorer. This can be useful to get rid of items you never use. For example, I find no use for the New - > Contact command. Here is how to remove it.
To remove default New context menu Items in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
- Here, remove the ShellNew subkey.
- The New - Contact entry is now removed.
It's pretty easy, isn't it?
In the same way, you can remove other default items from the New menu. The corresponding Registry entries are as follows.
Rich Text Document
Compressed (zipped) Folder
To save your time, you can download the following ZIP archive.
The ZIP archive includes a set of Registry files which can be used to remove individual entries of the New menu. The undo files are also included.
Tip: Using the ShellNew subkey trick, you can also add extra items to the New context menu. For convenience, I've added the VBscript and PowerShell files types there. The following articles explain how it can be done in detail:
- Add VBScript file (*.vbs) to New menu of File Explorer
- Add PowerShell file (*.ps1) to New Context Menu of File Explorer
- Add Batch file (*.bat) to New menu of File Explorer