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    Lost ability to make new folders

    Suddenly, I cannot make a new folder. the subject ceases to appear on my menu when I right click my mouse. What should I do?

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    Does Ctrl-Shift-N or the NewFolder button still work?

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    I have the same problem. [CTRL][SHIFT][N] produces no response. Mouse menu has New but in the submenu to New does not have Folder; it does have Compressed (zipped) folder. The toolbar menu matches the mouse menu. Any idea why? Or how to fix?

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    Try the fix new folder zip (Post #3) which has worked for quite a few people in the same situation.

    Bruce

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    I would have said try a system file check first (post 2), and then if it was recent and sudden, system restore, and then tinker with the registry if those fail or are not available.
    If it is a registry issue, stay away from registry cleaners or other third party "optimization" programs once corrected and some thorough full malware scans might be in order if the registry wasn't massaged. If its just a context menu issue then its only a problem with the context menu most likely.

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    I followed this thread and downloaded and ran fix_new_folder.zip. The New Folder option was back after rebooting. However, the option disappeared again within the work session. I repeated the steps and rebooted, and have the New Folder option again. My fingers are crossed that it will stay.
    sanora
    Last edited by sanora; 2013-06-17 at 10:00. Reason: I spoke too soon.

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    The next time I rebooted, the problem went away.
    Use 1 XP & 1 Win 7 machines in Christian non-profit where I am a retired volunteer; Windows 7 on home machine.

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    I had this same problem, tried various fixes, all of which failed to correct the problem. I then tried System Restore to a point prior to when the problem arose - this fixed the problem - works fine now.

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    I had this problem on a big laptop that I only use occasionally. Apparently it started a long time before I knew it, so System Restore didn't work. I Googled "can't create new folder in Windows 7" and found the answer. It did take a bit of searching for the correct fix. It involved copying a Word Pad document to my desktop, then opening it to execute a registry command, or something like that. I don't remember where the answer came from (most likely from a Microsoft forum) or how it works, but I carefully followed the instructions. It works now. Just remember, nobody ever has a problem that somebody else hasn't encountered before (well, there has to be a first time but odds are it isn't you).

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    Creating or renaming any folder produces "Could not find this item", BUT clicking "Try Again" on pop-up box always works. This problem started a few weeks ago on my Gateway windows 7 laptop. I have recently gotten lastest updates from Microsoft. Also searched among other forums, and found this problem has been around for awhile, and have not found anyone who has definitely found the real solution.
    I have run rkiller.exe and program called NewFolderFix.exe (which is a registration fix) and nothing works.
    If anyone has some ideas for me I would appreciate it.
    Btw, thanks for the post by rje49 above - it has me thinking, that recently in trying to solve windows 7 Wordpad problem (cannot change pemanantly, the default font and spacing settings), I created couple of default wordpad.rtf folders on my desktop as a workaround for that problem, and it worked. Wonder if that caused the New Folder problem?

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    nightloves [do it]

    1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now go to following key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\Con textMenuHandlers\

    2. Now create a new key "New" under "ContextMenuHandlers" key.

    3. Select "New" key and in right-side pane, set the value of Default to:

    {D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}

    4. Close Registry Editor and you'll get the missing "New" option back in context menu.

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