No New Text Document Available On Right Click In Windows 7

May 22nd, 2014  | Categories: MS Windows 7

PROBLEM
I recently got a new computer at work. After installing everything I had and configuring it the way it was before, I noticed that I didn’t have the option to create a new text document on right click.

I used this feature multiple times a day. I had to figure out how to get it back. My current menu on right click looked like this:

Right Click spawned menu without an option for a New Text Document

After digging around online for a bit, I saw you needed to modify your registry keys in Windows 7 to get the option. I don’t work very much with the registery. Oh who am I kidding, I have worked very little with the Windows registery.

A few forumns in the google search “windows 7 new text document on right click” lead me to the right idea.

SOLUTION
I first had to get into the registry. To do this, I went to Start and typed “regedit.exe” into the search field.

From start, type regedit into the search field

There I navigated to Computer –> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT –> .txt . I double clicked on the (Default) and instead of what it was before, I put “txtfile”.

Type in txtfile for the Value data for the (Default)

No restart necessary. I now have the ability to create a new text document when I right click.

When right clicking, I have the option to create a new text document

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