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How to restore the new text file option in the windows context menu

October 18, 2010

This small registry snippet can be used if you’ve lost the Windows context menu’s (right click menu inside explorer and your desktop) New->Text Document option.

Save the snippet below as “install.reg” (including the quotes) in Notepad, and then run it.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt]
"Content Type"="text/plain"
"PerceivedType"="text"
@="txtfile"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\OpenWithList]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\PersistentHandler]
@="{5e941d80-bf96-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\ShellNew]
"ItemName"=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,\
6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,\
00,6e,00,6f,00,74,00,65,00,70,00,61,00,64,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,2c,00,\
2d,00,34,00,37,00,30,00,00,00
"NullFile"=""
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