How to remove “New” list entries in Windows Vista and 7 and save your time…

When you right click on either the desktop or on a window, you get a menu called “New” and in this menu are options to create new items. Most used of these are “New Folder” and “New Text Document”. But there are some other entries in PCs that are unused and slow the popping up of the menu altogether. Whenever you need to create a new folder, it takes ages for the menu to appear because of these unwanted and unused entries.

To remove these entries in XP, there is a cool tool called “Tweak UI” (Please read the page before installing it if you need to). It has some built in stuff to tweak the look and feel of XP and speed things up. And its a must-use for you speed hungry people I suppose.! :D

For Vista and Win7, there was a tool called Tweak VI, but it is too complicated to use and there are too many menus even I couldn’t find the place to do this removal of “New” lists.

Therefore to do this, you need to do some manual registry editing. First of all open up the Registry editor by typing “regedit” in the run window or in the start menu search bar.




Then the registry editor will open up. From the Registry tree, navigate to the sub tree HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

You will see a list of extensions in the submenu. Now, go to the desktop, and right click and go to the “New” menu. Take note of one entry you need to remove. Lets assume you need to remove “New BMP image”. In HKCR menu, select the “.bmp” submenu and under that you will see another submenu called “ShellNew

If you need, take a backup of the “.bmp” tree before you do anything. (By right Click and then select “Export” and give a location to save the structure") Then after that delete the “ShellNew” folder altogether. Now go back and see whether the entry is there in the “New” menu. It should be gone.

Do this to all unwanted entries. If you don’t know the extension of the “new” thing is going to create, create it and check the extension from file properties and give it the shot!


One of the tricky entries in Vista and Win7 is the “Windows Live call” Entry. Its located in HKCR/.wlcshrtctv2

The removal of the entry is shown in the pic below.



Hope this will clean out the “New” menu and speed your system up!

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