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[SOLVED] Add items to Win7 Shell Menu New

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:20 pm    Post subject: [SOLVED] Add items to Win7 Shell Menu New Reply with quote

I wanted to add Word Pad to the 'New' menu, so when I R-click a blank space inside a folder I can create a new .rtf file like you would a .txt file with Notepad. A google search revealed several sites with the same answer, but it doesn't seem to work:

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor. Now expand "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT" key.
2. Now look for the file type which you want to add in "New" menu, e.g. for adding MP3 file type look for .MP3 key.
3. Right-click on it and select "New -> Key" and give it name "ShellNew".
4. In right-side pane, right-click and select "New -> String Value". Give it name "NullFile" and press Enter.
5. That's it. You'll immediately get the file type entry in "New" menu.

One site also said to restart windows and that didn't work either. I think this was an old post possibly directed at XP, I found one site that had the same instructions and stated it was for all windows versions. Still it doesn't work. Is there any chance you could tell me where I'm going wrong please...



EDIT: The other versions mentioned adding this to other places but wasn't specific enough to explain wher to place the keys for the desired result. I tried ROOT/Directory, I think this added it to the OPEN part of the menu. I also tried the ROOT/Drive section, but this appeared to do nothing.

Thing is, I deleted ALL keys I inserted and now I'm still left with an unwanted Open command! Why is it still there? When I R-click on a Folder, the menu shows 'WordPad' ie meaning to open with wordpad. If I deleted the keys why is it still there? And how do I get rid of it?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jon, but that's not what I wanted. I could do that with FileMenu Tools. I don't want to launch an app, ie Wordpad, I want to create a new document in the current folder.

Atm I have to launch WP then locate save directory. I want to add an entry in the 'New' menu so clicking it actually creates the document in that folder. For example, when you R-click an empty space in a folder the context menu shows:
-WinRAR archive
-Text Document
-Compressed (zipped) Folder

Clicking the Text Document doesn't open Notepad it creates a new text file and awaits renaming. That's exactly what I'd like to do for Wordpad, but the instructions I've followed above don't work and I wondered why, and how to get it to work? Essentially I want to create a new .rtf file.


EDIT: I've just tried to export this entry from the registry on my Vista PC then import it to my Win7 laptop, but it still isn't working!

EDIT: A restart was needed for the Vista reg entries to work!

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