Fix: “New” option (Menu item) is missing in Right-click context menu on Windows 10

Right-click context menu is a valuable option on any version of the Windows operating system, including Windows 10. You can perform various tasks by right-clicking on the free space of the Windows Desktop or in a folder; for example, you can create a shortcut of the program, a blank bitmap image, text document, and even create a folder. If you have installed the Microsoft Office application on your PC, you can create new Word, Access, Excel, etc., documents by performing a right-click and selecting the New option. Let it be any requirement, without the New context menu, either you can not perform various tasks, or you have to take pain for performing specific tasks.

You can see in the below image when I performed a right-click on my Windows 10 Desktop free space, and we found that the “New” option is missing from the context menu. Now see the above screenshot, we can’t create a shortcut, folder, and another document as there is no “New” option is available on our Windows 10 PC. The “New” option may be missing due to various reasons. It may happen you have installed third-party software, and he edited the registry file, or may you edited the Windows Registry unknowingly. Let it be any reason for missing right-click “New” option. By referring to this article, you can quickly restore the missing “New” right-click menu. It is just a few clicks away to get the “New” context menu.

How to restore the missing “New” option in right-click context menu on Windows 10?

Gentle Reminder: To restore the missing “New” option, we will take the help of the Registry Editor. Editing the registry may damage your Windows installation; hence we recommend taking the full backup of Windows Registry and creating a system restore point. In case something goes wrong, you can revert your PC to its previous working state.

To rebuild the missing “New” option in right-click context menu on Windows 10, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Press the Windows logo + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. In the Run dialog box that opens, type the following command and press the OK button:-

regedit

The above operation will open the Registry Editor window.

Step 3. In the Registry Editor window that opens, navigate or point to the following registry key:-

Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New
Bonus Tips: If you don’t want to browse the key one by one, copy the path and paste it into the registry editor toolbar or address bar and hit Enter from the keyboard. Using this method, you can directly access the critical path of the Windows Registry.

Step 4. On the right side pane of the “New” key, double-click on the (Default) string to change its Value Data. Copy and paste the following in the Value Data field:-

{D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}

Step 5. Click the OK button.

Step 6. Close the Registry Editor window.

Once you complete the above steps, perform a right-click on the free space on Windows 10 Desktop, you should see the “New” context menu. Even the “New” option will be available under the folder or drive which was earlier missing on your Windows 10 computer or laptop.

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