How can I remove an item from the New context menu?

A. Many applications such as Office and other document based programs may add options to the New context menu. This can slow down the system since IE 4 as to generate this list it has to fetch the icons for each of the documents.

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Its possible to remove items from the new context menu by performing the following:

  1. Identify the file extension for the context menu item, for example obd for Microsoft Office Binder (if you are unsure of the extension just create a document of the type then check the extension)
  2. Start the registry editor (Regedit.exe)
  3. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.<extension>, e.g.HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.obd
  4. Delete or rename the ShellNew key. It may not always be at the root of the key, for example to disable .obd I had to goto HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.obd\Office.Binder.9\ShellNew.
  5. Close the registry editor
  6. The context item should no longer be displayed

This can also be accomplished using the TweakUI utility.

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