Microsoft Excel Option is Missing from the Right Click Context Menu; how to fix it?

Those users who are using the Microsoft Office program know the importance of the Excel Worksheet. Excel lets you organize data and perform financial analysis. It is generally used by small to large companies for data entry and financial calculations. If you are working in an organization PC, you must know the importance of Excel. It comes with several built-in functions that make accounting easy for instance, SUMPRODUCT multiplies the range of cells or arrays and returns the sum of products.

This post is not about how it works; in this post, you will learn to restore the missing Microsoft Excel Worksheet option from the desktop right-click context menu.

To create a new Excel Worksheet, we perform a right-click on Desktop and select New and then Microsoft Excel Worksheet. Doing this way, we can easily create a fresh Excel Worksheet for further processing it.

Some users have noticed that the Microsoft Excel Worksheet option is not listed when they perform a right-click on a free area on the Windows 10 Desktop or in a folder and select the New option. If you are reading this post, you are probably also facing the same issue on your computer or laptop.

There may be several reasons; for example, third-party software may have messed up the registry keys and caused this issue. Let it be any reason; it can be fixed using a registry hack.

With the help of this article, you can quickly fix the Microsoft Excel missing option in the right-click Context Menu.

Fix: Microsoft Excel Option is Missing from the Right-Click Context Menu

This procedure involves a registry hack; hence, we recommend taking full back of Windows Registry and creating a system restore point. Furthermore, one should note that this procedure will work for MS Office 2007 and later versions.

Step 1. Press Windows logo + R keys simultaneously to open the Run command box.

Step 2. Type regedit in the Run box and hit Enter or press OK to open the Registry Editor.


Step 3. Navigate to the following path in the Registry Editor:-


Step 4. On the right side pane of the ShellNew key, double-click on the FileName string to change its Value data.

Note: If you don’t see the FileName string on the opposite side of the ShellNew key, then right-click on the ShellNew, select New, and then the String Value option.


Step 5. Replace the default Value data with the following:-


Note: You can also use an absolute path, in place of excel12.xlsx, like:-

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Root\VFS\Windows\ShellNew\excel12.xlsx

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. Close the Registry Editor.

Once you complete the above steps, right-click on the free space of the Windows 10 Desktop and navigate to New > Microsoft Excel Worksheet; you will see the option in the right-click context menu. You can now open Excel Worksheet by right-clicking on the Desktop or in any Folder.

That’s all!!!

One thought on “Microsoft Excel Option is Missing from the Right Click Context Menu; how to fix it?

  1. K Rajkumar says:

    Hello sir,
    i am using Microsoft Office Professional plus 2019,
    i just followed the above steps mentioned by you to enable Excel worksheet in Right click option.
    but in wasn’t worked.
    can you please help with this problem.

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