Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Missing New Text Document Option from File or Right Click Menu

I' ve no idea, when this occurred but due to some technical malfunction, or virus issue or might be uninstallation of any text editor; I lost the option to create a New Text Document from the right click menu as well from the File menu of Windows.

As the Context Menu is totally controlled by Registry entries. So I decided to troubleshoot it.

After exploring net few moments, I found lots of ways to restore this and tried almost all of them. Among working ones, few were easy to use I am posting them here.

Option 1 - Download the registry key fix:

  • Downlaod the registry fix: notepad.zip and save it to your desktop
  • Inside the .zip archive you will find notepad.reg
  • Double-click on notepad.reg and select Yes to import the information into your registry
  • Log out of the computer and log back in (no need to restart)

Option 2 - Create your own registry fix file:

  • Copy everything between the stars ***** into your clipboard.
  *****

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt]
"Content Type"="text/plain"
@="txtfile"
"PerceivedType"="text"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\OpenWithList]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\PersistentHandler]
@="{5e941d80-bf96-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\shell]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\shell\open]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\shell\open\command]
@="notepad.exe %1"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\ShellNew]
"NullFile"=""

*****
  • Click on Start (or Windows Button in Vista)
  • Click on Run...
  • Enter notepad.exe and hit Enter
  • Paste the contents of your clipboard into your notepad document and save it as notepad.reg.  If you haven’t disabled "hiding file extensions" or you don’t know what that is, follow the instructions in Option 1
  • Double-click on notepad.reg and select Yes to import the information into your registry
  • Log out of the computer and log back in (no need to restart)

Option 3 - Make entries in Registry:

  • Click on Start (or Windows Button in Vista)
  • Click on Run...
  • Enter regedit and hit Enter It will open the editor

  • Navigate if the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\ShellNew\NullFile exists ? (Notice DOT before txt)
  • If it doesn`t exist,create it. Just right click in the right hand pane of the ShellNew key,
    and select New/String value, then type: NullFile

Option 4 - Make manual entry for text type from user interface (easiest one):

  • I was missing the option from Windows File Toolbar too

  • I opened My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > File Types. Windows had lost file associations for TXT files.


  • I entered TXT in the File Extension field opted Text Document as Associated File Type and clicked OK.  

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