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New Text Document option missing in Windows XP and Vista

You're here because you have lost the ability to create a New Document by using the New > New Document context option in Windows XP or Vista. The following information will help you restore your settings.


 

 

I don’t know how this happened but for some reason the option to create a new text document by right-clicking and selecting New > Text Document has disappeared from my computer.  If you’ve come across something similar on your Windows XP or Vista machine, the following instructions will help out.

The contextual option for New items is controlled by registry entries and I’ve sourced the following template, which you can import into your computer by copying it from a working Windows Vista installation. 

Again, the registry patch will restore the missing New > Text Document option on Windows XP and Vista (any versions).

To fix this annoying problem, use one of these two solutions:

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.  [For the next step I was going to say right click on your desktop and select New > Text Document, but that would be too cruel :) ]
*****

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)

With that done, your machine should be back to normal.

 

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