ShellNewHandler is an Open-Source Tool to enable/disable ShellNew entries, aka New File context menu entries from Windows Explorer in Vista and Windows 7. Check or uncheck items to enable a desktop right-click context menu item. No need to install.


  • reversed the display state of enabled context menu entries. thanks to ander1122 for suggestion.
  • added an Apply button and renamed the Save button to OK.
  • changed the tooltips for better readability.
  • a click on OK or Apply refreshs the shell immediately.

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  • Excellent tool. Thank you. Lists ALL disabled items in "New" menu (ShellMenuNew by Nirsoft does NOT) Comment by fc1943: how can you call it a failure, at no point does the program description even hint at "add" a new item. It is hide or show (disable or enable) ... very simple.

  • Great tool, easy to use, does the functionality that Microsoft forgot to provide, but lacks the ability to ADD new Context menu Items; you can enable/disable the ones are already there. The alternative is to manually change the Registry, which most users don't want/should not want to get into. Suggested improvement: please add the ability to ADD new Context menu Items!

  • Perfect!

  • Simple and effective. Do exactly what I wanted done which was noticeably missing from another popular Win7 tweaker.

  • I wanted to add MS Word back in, on win7 pro 64. This program is a 100 % TOTAL FAILURE.

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Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Win32 (MS Windows)

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