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Delete Unwanted Context Menu Items in WinXP

Within the right-click context menu is the option to create "New" file items. While the list of available documents within the "New" submenu often contains several useful file types, such as .txt or .zip, it also contains lots of unnecessary entries. So let’s delete any unwanted context menu items in WinXP..

To clean up the "New" right-click context menu, open the Registry Editor, regedit.exe, and Find all instances of "ShellNew". Examine the search results. Every ShellNew branch belongs to a specific type of file. As each ShellNew branch corresponds to an entry in the "New" right-click context menu, delete the ShellNew branch for each "New" file type that you would like to remove.

And that, as they say, is that.

Jeff Starr
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One response to “Delete Unwanted Context Menu Items in WinXP”

  1. sure, that’s easy. but what about the menu items that come back after you delete them – for example, a new PSD file or new FLA file (after opening Photoshop of Flash, respectively).

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