Manage Windows Explorer New Handlers

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 16, 2010
Updated • Aug 21, 2016
Software, Windows software

ShellNewHandler is a free portable program for the Microsoft Windows operating system to manage right-click context menu entries.

The New menu in Windows Explorer displays a list of file types that can be created by selecting them from the right-click context menu. Several new handlers are available right after installation of the operating system. This includes options to create plain text documents, shortcuts, or folders among others.

Programs that get installed on the device may also add new handlers to the Windows Explorer menu. This makes the options they add to the new menu, for creating zip archives for instance, available in Windows Explorer as well.

It happens every now and then that handlers are added to the menu that you will never makes use of.

This is for instance the case for contact, bmp and jntfile documents on our test system. Since there is no option to prevent new file creation options from being added to the menu, we need to find another way of dealing with options that you will never use.

While you can keep them listed there if they do not bother you, removing them will improve how you work with the menu, as you can find the options that you use more quickly in the menu.


The free Open source program ShellNewHandler gives you full control over the new file menu in Windows Explorer. It displays all known file types in its interface, and lists them by name, description and path in the Windows Registry.

A box at the beginning of each row defines whether the new option is active or not. You can change the state of all new file handlers with a click on the box and the selection of apply and then ok in the menu.

All changes that you make in the program are immediately visible in Windows Explorer.

The program helps you remove new handlers from Windows Explorer in an easy manner so that only those new file creation options remain that you require.

Shell New Handler can be downloaded from its project website over at Sourceforge. It requires the Microsoft .net Framework 3.5 and runs fine on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems.

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  1. CutTheRedWire said on March 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    TweakUI (by M$) can also do this:

    Another tool promoted I read about at LifeHacker:

    Years ago I figured out how to do it manually:

    My question would be: “What can this one do?” 8) New comers are always welcome.

    1. soWhat said on May 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm

      @”TweakUI (by M$) can also do this” – the tool only has 10kB and no need to install, simply download it, use it and drop it to recycle bin – so what?

      @”Years ago I figured out how to do it manually” – have fun diggin in registry by hand lol

  2. WANGJIARONG said on March 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm


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