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    Right-Click Menu In Windows Explorer (Vista Business)

    One of my favorite things to be able to do in Windows Explorer before Vista was to right-click, select New and then Text Document.

    Sadly, it appears that option is no longer on the shortcut menu in Vista. Does anyone know why it was removed or a way to add it back?

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    Re: Right-Click Menu In Windows Explorer (Vista Business)

    Mine has it, but I am runing Vista Home Premium

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Right-Click Menu In Windows Explorer (Vista Business)

    According to Windows Help, "To create a new file on the desktop or in an open folder, right-click a blank area, point to New, and then click the program name for the kind of file you want to create. After the icon appears, double-click it to open the file and begin working".

    I'm running Vista and this works for me, both on the desktop and in Windows Explorer. When I right click and select New, there is a list of 15 different file types that I can create. This will vary of course, depending on the applications installed.
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    Re: Right-Click Menu In Windows Explorer (Vista Business)

    Thanks for the replies. I see the option to create various types of files; Excel, Word, Access, etc. The option for creating a Text Document is just not there.

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    Re: Right-Click Menu In Windows Explorer (Vista Bu

    On Vista Business I have both Text Document & Rich Text Document - available on right-clicking in empty folder. I can only suggest that you may have chosen one of the "simplified" display settings. HTH
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    Re: Right-Click Menu In Windows Explorer (Vista Bu

    I am "Vista Challenged". What do you mean by "simplified" display setting?

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    Re: Right-Click Menu In Windows Explorer (Vista Bu

    Control Panel|Folder Options|View controls the display settings for folders - just as it does in Windows XP and Windows 2000. The suggestion is to attempt altering one or several of the defualt settings - making a note as to which ones you are changing in advance. HTH
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    Re: Right-Click Menu In Windows Explorer (Vista Bu

    You can get to the folder options in Vista much easier than through the Control Panel route. When in Windows Explorer use the "Alt" key which will bring up the old classic "Menubar". Then click "Tools/Folder Options". The ability to view the classic Menubar in IE 7 can be accessed the same way. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    The "New > Text Document" is not controlled by "Folder Views" but rather by an entry in the Registry. If the OP has all of the other options (a screenshot would be of great help) in an Explorer context menu for "New" except the "Text Document", then this would seem to indicate the Registry entry has either been corrupted or deleted. The typical cause of this is the installation of a 3rd-party application that has taken possession of ".txt" file associations.

    I would suggest he go to the Start Menu and type: "regedit" w/o quotes, in the "Start Search" field (press Enter). Regedit will either open or at the top of the Start Menu where the search results are displayed. If there, right-click on it and choose "Run as Administrator" to open the Registry Editor. Then go here: "ComputerHKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.txt. Then on the left, click on "ShellNew". On the right, there should be a Value with "Notepad" displayed. See the screenshot below.
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