This article describes how to add an object to the list of objects that
appears when you click the File menu in Windows Explorer and then point to
New, or when you point to New on a context menu.
A context menu is displayed when you use the right mouse button to click
an object in Windows 95. For example, if you use the right mouse button to
click the desktop, a menu is displayed that contains several commands. You
can choose one of these commands by clicking the command on the context
One of the commands on the context menu that appears when you use the
right mouse button to click the desktop is the New command. This command
appears on many other context menus, and also on the File menu in Windows
Explorer. If you point to the New command on one of these menus, a list of
objects appears. You can create a new object by clicking one of the
objects on this list.
To add an object to the list of objects, follow these steps:
- Start the program that is used to create the type of object you want to
add to the object list, and then save a blank or empty object in the
Windows\Shellnew folder. For example, if you want to add Microsoft Word
for Windows documents to the object list, start Word for Windows, and
then save an empty Word for Windows document in the Windows\Shellnew
NOTE: The Windows\Shellnew folder already contains some objects that
are created by commonly used programs. For example, the Winword.doc
file found in the Windows\Shellnew folder is a blank Word for Windows
document. If the type of object that you want to add to the object list
is already in the Windows\Shellnew folder, you can skip step 1 and
proceed to step 2.
- NOTE: For information about how to edit the registry, view the Changing
Keys And Values online Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
Note that you should make a backup copy of the registry files
(System.dat and User.dat) before you edit the registry.
WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems
that may require you to reinstall Windows 95. Microsoft cannot
guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry
Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
Create a new registry key called Shellnew
under the following registry key
where <.ext> is the default file extension used for the type of object
you want to add to the object list. For example, if you want to add
Word for Windows documents to the object list, add a new registry key
called "Shellnew" under the following registry key:
- Create a new string value called Filename
under the registry key that you created in step 3.
- Modify the Filename registry value that you created in step 4 so that
it is assigned the following value
where <windows> is the Windows folder, and <object> is the blank or
empty object that you saved to the Windows\Shellnew folder in step 1.
NOTE: You do not need to restart your computer for the new object to
appear in the object list.
Article ID: 140333 - Last Review: November 15, 2006 - Revision: 1.2
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