How to Remove New from the Context Menu

When you right-click a blank space on your desktop or in File Explorer (not This PC or Quick access), you’ll see a context menu that includes New.

You can remove it from the context menu if you don’t want it. Let’s see how. I use Windows 11 here.

Remove New from the Context Menu

Here are the steps:

Open the Registry Editor. I recommend that you create a backup of the Registry before continuing.

Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > Directory > Background > shellex > ContextMenuHandlers > New.

Double-click Default in the right pane.

Add – (hyphen) to the beginning of the Value data field.

Then click OK.

That’s it.

Note: You can add New to the context menu by removing the hyphen you added.

I hope this guide, “How to Remove New from the Context Menu,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.