Windows 10: How can I remove "new" context menu Office items without ShellNew key?

Discus and support How can I remove "new" context menu Office items without ShellNew key? in Microsoft Office and 365 to solve the problem; I have been trying really hard, but failing, to remove these items from the "new" context menu (as shown when right-clicking the desktop background): *... Discussion in 'Microsoft Office and 365' started by twentythree, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. How can I remove "new" context menu Office items without ShellNew key?


    I have been trying really hard, but failing, to remove these items from the "new" context menu (as shown when right-clicking the desktop background):
    * Microsoft Access Database
    * Microsoft Word document
    * Microsoft Powerpoint presentation
    * Microsoft Excel sheet

    This is on a new computer with Windows 10 preinstalled.

    I have successfully removed other file types from the "new" context menu by disabling their ShellNew keys in the system registry. However, the four file types above lack ShellNew keys.

    Additionally, they do not show up the first time I right-click to check the "new" context menu items (after rebooting Windows), but they appear from nowhere the second time I right-click.

    These two things, taken together, make me suspect that these four file types are included in some sort of override of Explorer, rather than over the registry itself, and therefore I guess that this forum category may be a good place to start. Whatever is happening seems to be Office-related, as I got the same problem on my old Windows 7 computer after I installed the latest Office version (I never managed to remove these file types there either). I am completely at a loss concerning what to do. I have been googling for answers for the last 1-2 weeks, sometimes several hours per day, without finding any solution. I am increasingly frustrated by my inability to get rid of this unwanted clutter of the context menu. I just want to remove these four little entries.

    Does anyone know of anything that might help me with this problem?

    :)
     
    twentythree, Aug 14, 2019
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  2. Brink Win User

    Add or Remove Default New Context Menu Items in Windows 10


    @Steve C,

    In addition, you can delete the "ShellNew" key to remove the file type from the "New" context menu.

    Editing the .reg files in the tutorial below can help show you more on the "ShellNew" key.
     
    Brink, Aug 14, 2019
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  3. Add or Remove Start Context menu items

    Nyima,

    I was not asking about adding and removing regular app items to the start menu, but rather adding or removing items from the Context Menu (Win+X). Specifically, I would like to add the Devices and Printers item to the list.

    Thank you for the response.
     
    Crazy IT Dude, Aug 14, 2019
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  4. Brink Win User

    How can I remove "new" context menu Office items without ShellNew key?

    New context menu - missing new excel worksheet?


    Hello Sol, and welcome to Ten Forums. How can I remove "new" context menu Office items without ShellNew key? :)

    Yeah, that tutorial will only restore the default New context menu items.

    The .reg file below should restore the Microsoft Excel Worksheet New context menu item for Office 2016.

    Code:
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00  [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xlsx\Excel.Sheet.12\ShellNew] "FileName"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Office\\Root\\VFS\\Windows\\ShellNew\\excel12.xlsx"
    New_Microsoft_Excel_Worksheet.reg
     
    Brink, Aug 14, 2019
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