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Adding a File Type to the 'New' Menu

By: Arie Slob

To add a file type to the New menu, which can be found on the context menu, when you - for example - right click on the Desktop, follow these steps:

  1. In the program that creates the file type you wish to add, create a blank document with any preferences you wish to use. Save it immediately
  2. Copy this file to \Windows\ShellNew -- it is a hidden folder. (see Show all files to see how to show hidden files/folders in explorer)
  3. Start the Registry Editor
  4. Open HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and find the extension for the file type you wish to add
  5. Select the file type you wish to add and right-click, choose New > Key from the context menu
  6. Call the new key ShellNew
  7. Select the new key, right-click, choose New > String Value from the context menu
  8. Call it FileName
  9. Double-click on the string, and modify it to be the filename of the blank template file you created, including the extension
  10. Exit the registry editor and restart Windows

Adding a File Type to the 'New' Menu