Vista / XP: How to Remove and Add Item Types to the New Menu

Posted September 29, 2007 by tipmonkies in Windows

We all know the new menu, you see it there when you right click on the desktop or in a folder. There are “new” file types in the menu that we don’t use. In this tip I will get rid of the Briefcase option in XP and the Bitmap option in Vista. I will also show you how you can add new filetypes to this menu.


Please use this Registry edit at your own risk. You should make a backup copy of your Registry everytime you change registry files.

* XP: Open the Start Menu, click on Run, then type regedit and click OK.
* Vista: Hit Winkey-R and type regedit
* Find the following registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.bfc\ShellNew
* Right click on ShellNew, and rename it to ShellNewOld
* Click OK, and exit the Registry editor.

Now the “new” Briefcase file type is off the menu.

XP Before…



XP After…

Vista Registry Editing…



Vista Before…



Vista After…

You can use this tip to edit the rest of the file types on the “new” menu. You could also use this to add a new file type to the menu, but you would have to create the value, and the type for it by doing the following

* Find the following registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\
* Find the file type you want to appear in the “New” menu.
* Within the file type you want to add, create a new key called ShellNew
* Right click in the ShellNew key, and create a string value called NullFile
* Leave the value blank, as Windows will add the file type by itself.
* Click OK, and exit the Registry editor.

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