How to change the Windows New options in right-click menu

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

In Windows, when you right-click an empty space on your desktop, or in a File Explorer folder, one of the options in the context window is "New >". If you move the pointer over this option, you're presented with a drop-down menu, listing types of new documents you can create at this location. It's a convenient way to create a new text file, or Word document, for example.

If you like using this feature, and you want to add a new type of document to the New list, follow these steps.

Windows New right-click menu options

Windows XP users

  1. Install and open TweakUI.
  2. Click on the Templates option in the left side of the window.
  3. If you want to remove any options available through the new section, you can highlight the icon you want to remove and click the Delete button.
  4. If you want to add new templates, click the Create button and locate a file of your choice to add. If a template has not been created for the file you are attempting to add, you will receive an error.

Windows 98, Windows ME, and Windows 2000 users

  1. Install and open TweakUI.
  2. Within TweakUI, click the New tab.
  3. If you want to remove any options available through the new section, you can highlight the icon you want to remove and click the Remove button.
  4. To add a new options, drag and drop the icon of your choice into the window. If a file template has not been created, you will receive an error when attempting to drag the file into the window.

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