This tip shows you how to edit the items that appear in the “New” column that no one uses in the Windows “right-click” context menu.
When you right-click in a blank part of the Windows File Explorer, one of the options in the menu that appears is “New”. You can select one of the items in that section to create a “new” folder, a “new” text file, a “new” shortcut etc. It can actually be pretty helpful, if you don’t have a giant list of things cluttering it up.
Using a free and time-tested tool you can remove the useless entries in the “New” section of the Windows ‘Right-click’ menu. Even though the App hasn’t been updated since 2013, it works perfectly with Windows 7, 8 and 10.
- Start out by downloading ShellNewHandler. Open the .zip file and extract the file ShellNewHandler.exe to your Downloads folder. The program doesn’t need to be installed – so just double-click it to start.
- Windows will probably prompt you with a “User Account Control” message – just click the Yes button. ShellNewHandler is completely safe to use – in fact, it’s open source – so you can look at all of the code to see exactly what it does.
- Once it opens it will display a list of all the items in your “New” menu. Simply remove the checkbox from each item that you do not want displayed.
- When you’ve made your selections, click the Apply button and then the OK button.
- Ta-da! Your menu is that much more neat and tidy now :)
- If you ever want to add an item back, or you install a new Program that adds itself to the menu and you want to remove it too, simply run ShellNewHandler.exe and you can edit the “New” section of the right-click menu again. That’s it!
If you want to really customize the “right-click” menu, check out our guide on using FileMenu Tools.