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Add or Remove Item from “New” Context Menu Windows 8.1 Pro

  1. #1


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    windows 8.1 pro 64-bit

    Add or Remove Item from “New” Context Menu Windows 8.1 Pro


    I have spent enough time googlin, I give up.
    My best guess is, this is a recent update change.
    I dont recall ever having the option to create a new contact or journal document which is nice, nor do I know what program I may have installed that did this. But I would really like to know, how I can replace new bitmap image option in that space.
    I learned that context menu is relevant to in what context we are referring. In this case, right click any blank space either on your desktop or in a folder and hover over new. The option for a new bitmap image does not appear in the New Item toolbar anywhere in the Pictures Library either. I recall being able to right click a blank space in most any folder and create a new .bmp image file.
    Where did it go?
    Better yet, how do I get it back. mspaint.exe exists where it is supposed to and sfc /scannow yielded no anomalies. Typical online suggestions for how to tweak the registry dont seem to apply to windows 8.1 pro.
    Again, I dont think my windows is broken, just changed.


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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Lord Farquadd, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The tutorial below may be able to add it back for you.

    New Context Menu - Remove & Restore Default Menu Items - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    windows 8.1 pro 64-bit


    I saw that, downloaded and merged.. thats when I took notice of new contact and journal document. restarted and still nothing. Manually tried to add stuff that was recommended too.. no joy.
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    I've made so many changes, including trying a system restore point too.. this image shows what it has now.
    What should it look like?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 7
    windows 8.1 pro 64-bit


    This (image) is what I believe it (the zip file) does (did). It is the same manual recommendation I read on other sites for this issue.
    So far, no joy.
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  5. #5


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    64-bit Windows 10


    As a test, see if downloading and merging the .reg file for the listed .bmp option in the tutorial below may help. It will restore the default associations and registry entries for .bmp files.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8
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    Posts : 7
    windows 8.1 pro 64-bit


    again, I tried that already.
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    nothing seemed to happen.
    It has been suggested to make changes to the registry. Both locations HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.bmp and to add .bmp to
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/Discardable/PostSetup/ShellNew/Classes

    .contact.jnt
    .library-ms
    .lnk
    .bmp
    .rtf
    .txt
    .zip
    Folder

    But, as I have tried this method various times as admin and having restarted, still nothing.
    There must be another technique to apply. ie re-install mspaint.exe !??
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    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, you could see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened can undo and fix it for you.
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    windows 8.1 pro 64-bit


    I tried one already. It is difficult to imagine when this happened. I would hate to hunt and peck around as many programs are affected no matter which available restore point I pick. Also, it takes too long. Something so simple as editing this "New Context" menu especially with what are thought as to be stock programs such as mspaint.exe, should be readily easy and take a few seconds to modify. Disappointing is how advanced an OS this is, yet it constantly needs updates and things like this are lost. Any online help from microsoft website(s) always seem to miss the mark. These sites are seeming designed for someone who has a perfectly running OS and who has never seen a computer before.
    Thanks for all your attempts admin, maybe someone else will have found the answer and post it here for us someday soon.
    PS: do you run windows 8.1 and can you create a new bitmap image in this way?
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  9. #9


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, I have no issue creating a new .bmp image from the New context menu.

    However, I'm not sure how useful it is since it's basically just a null image. If you like, you could create and save a new .bmp image using mspaint.exe.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 7
    windows 8.1 pro 64-bit


    lol.. yes a work around.. thing is, I constantly create new folders for images (I have dozens) and needed to be able to right click and create a new image file in each as I go. That way I can always right click the new image file inside any of those folders and select edit. Then paste from my clipboard and save as new file name in that same folder. Computing has always been about saving time. This seems to create an extra few steps in the process I described. I never had new contact and new journal document available to me before this happened. Two steps forward one step back. I may never actually use either of those two shortcuts let alone as often as I did the new bitmap image one.
    Under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT there seems to be everything from A-Z. I feel there must be another method for editing this new context menu item than in this location. (*Although the changes I make here do stick)

    As one site suggested
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/Discardable/PostSetup/ShellNew/Classes

    .contact.jnt
    .library-ms
    .lnk
    .bmp (*this addition doesnt stick after a restart it is gone)
    .rtf
    .txt
    .zip
    Folder

    I am unable to permanently add .bmp to this list. Even run as administrator doesnt keep it there. After a restart it is gone.
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