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Right-click New menu Windows Explorer lost Word file type

by jacercat / April 5, 2010 12:48 PM PDT

When I right-click New menu in Windows Explorer the MS Word file type is not there. All the other MS Office types are. This happened after I did a factory reformat of a pre-installed Vista Home Premium on an Acer Aspire L3600. Previously Word showed up, as it still does when I installed MS Office on my wife's Dell laptop as a test. How can I get it back in? It's what I most use the right-click feature for!



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Can you clarify the problem?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 5, 2010 9:23 PM PDT

In Vista my Windows Explorer does not have a New menu option displayed. It does have an "Organise" option with a "New folder" entry listed.

If I press the ALT key, the normal "File Edit View Tools Help" menu options appear, but clicking File does not offer any MS Word file types, and there is no "New" menu button.

I'm not sure where your problem lies.


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further details
by jacercat / April 9, 2010 5:37 PM PDT

Right-clicking a blank area of the desktop brings up a window with a number of options including the command "New" which expands to allow a number of new items to be opened. These include a new folder, a new bitmap image, a new MS Access database; in fact all the Office apps but not, since the restore of Vista HP, a new MS Word document. It was there before as one of the choices; it was the most often used feature. Now it's gone. If memory serves me corectly it used to be in the middle of the list.

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Ahh, I understand now.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 9, 2010 9:06 PM PDT
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Thanks for that. You are talking about the Context Menu options for right clicking the desktop.

There seems to be a number of explanations how to do this. I Googled Vista Context menu, how to add Word, and Google displayed a number of different links.

I think the best and safest is Microsoft's own guidance at

Now, it's for Windows 95, but the procedure is the same. However, it involves editing the system's registry, and you need to understand the risks involved with doing that, and how to back up the registry beforehand and recover from any problem after, if anything happens. At the very least, create a System Restore point before proceeding.

Before you attempt all that though, just a couple of thoughts;

1] Is Microsoft Office installed on this machine?

2] If so, have you tried uninstalling Office, (reboot the system), then re-installing Office? That may be the safer way.


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Create MS Word file through Right Click - New option
by vsrawat / December 14, 2010 4:09 AM PST

open ms word

create a blank new document

save it anywhere on your computer with any name (say, you give it name of doc1.docx)

close ms word

copy that blank ms word file (doc1.docx) to folder C:\Windows\ShellNew

start run regedit.exe

go to Hkey_Classes_Root\.docx

create a string key having name: Filename

and give it a value: C:\Windows\ShellNew\doc1.docx
(case doesn't matter)

where this doc1.docx is the exact name u gave to that blank ms word file that you moved to ShellNew folder

close regedit.

you might need to close and restart your windows explorer window or file commander etc. software window.


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