You see lots of file types that you can create when you right click in Windows Explorer and select new from the context menu. I do not really need most of them or use them, except for the New Folder option perhaps and the creation of a new text document every now and then.
It is likely that many Windows XP users feel the same way about the menu, that it contains too many items that one never uses.
How many of you are making use of the briefcase option for instance? I do not know a single Windows user who makes use of that feature in Windows.
You may want to remove some of the entries from the menu as it does not really make any sense to keep them listed in the menu if you never make use of them.
Doing so is in fact really simply.
You need to know the file extension that the entry creates when you select it in the new menu, but that is about it. To find that out, simply create a new file by selecting it so that you see that file's extension in Windows Explorer.
Lets take Microsoft PowerPoint as an example and remove it from the new menu.
Tip: I suggest you backup the key before you delete it so that you can restore it at a later time if the need arises. To do so right-click the key and select Export from the menu. Follow the instructions to save the key to the system. To restore it at a later time, select File > Import and open the exported data file using the file browser.
Repeat the above steps (backup the key, locate ShellNew, delete ShellNew) for all extensions that you do not use. Briefcase is a special case. It has no extension, locate Briefcase in the registry, it should be below all your extensions in the same in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT structure. Backup and delete the whole Briefcase entry to remove it from the file menu.
Adding files to the New menu:
Adding files to the new menu is really easy as well. You need to know the extension of the file that you want to add, let us use .htm as an example.
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