Monday, March 23, 2009

Restore "New" Context Menu for .TXT File Extension

I just had an issue with .txt file extension. There was no entry in the New context menu in Windows Explorer so I could not create empty text files, which is very handy otherwise. I used the general guidelines, described in my previous post, to check the ShellNew registry key and everything appeared fine. Experimenting around with other keys showed that the file description was a problem.
In the .txt registry key itself, there is the "(Default)" string value that, in my case, contained "txt_empty_file" or something similar. Replacing this value with ".txt" restored the item in the New context menu and now I can, again, create empty text files on my system.

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