How to Fix or Restore Missing “New” Option from the Right-click Context Menu?

Restore Missing New Option

Many users complained that they lost the New option from the right-click context menu. But very few of them know the reason behind this problem and are looking for a solution to fix or restore missing new option from the right-click context menu in Windows.

Have you ever gotten into this problem when you right-click on a desktop screen or Windows Explorer and cannot see the New option with its subcategories on the right-click menu like; Folder, Shortcut, Contact, Text Documents, etc.

This can happen with any of the operating systems, like Windows 7, 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows 11. Even you won’t see the New option in Windows Explorer as well once you do a right-click.

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How to Fix Missing New Option of Right-click Menu?

This happens majorly due to damaged, missing or corrupted registry entry or may be modified by someone or changed by any infected software.

Registry values could be blank or changed in this situation. So the solution is to make the registry value to default.

[How to Backup and Restore Windows Registry?]

The following article will fix “New” option missing trouble in Windows 7, 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Follow the steps given below to resolve this problem:

Step 1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box and type regedit.

Then, click OK.

run command for registry editor

Step 2. The Windows Registry Editor will open on your screen where we need to complete the main task.

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Step 3. Now, locate or navigate the below registry path by expanding and reach to New key


Step 4. Select New and look at it to right side, the Data value is set as blank which means the value is missing from there. There should be some value in it.

Step 5. Right-click on the (Default) key and select Modify…

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Step 6. The Edit String box will come over to your screen with blank value data that allows you to type in.

Type the value given below or copy paste the value given below:


Once the value is entered correctly, then click OK to close the Edit String box.

Once done with the above steps. Just close the Registry Editor. Also, restart of computer doesn’t require.

The settings made above will take immediate effect on Windows and will show you the “New” option with all subcategories.

If you still don’t see “New” option to the right-click context menu, just restart your computer once. Sometimes, a few Windows updates are pending that require a restart.

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