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  1. Posts : 452
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #50

    Matthew Wai said:
    (1) Run the following command to back up the current ".contact" key:

    Reg export "HKCR\.contact" "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\[.contact].reg"

    If you have relocated your desktop, change the \Desktop\ folder accordingly.

    (2) Run the following command to add a new key:

    (REG Add "HKCR\bamajon1974" /T REG_SZ /D "Contact" /F)

    (3) Run the following command to set bamajon1974 as the default value data:

    (REG Add "HKCR\.contact" /T REG_SZ /D "bamajon1974" /F)

    (4) The item "Contact" will appear on the "New" context menu:

    Attachment 338341
    Ok thank you for the reply. A couple of questions...(1) does is the bamajon1974 key arbitrary or does that need to be the actual user account name? (2) why all of the trouble to add contact back to the new context menu? is it MS way of phasing out the old contact features?

    Thanks!
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  2. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 6,429
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #51

    bamajon1974 said:
    (1) does is the bamajon1974 key arbitrary or does that need to be the actual user account name?
    Feel free to replace "bamajon1974" with "ABCD" or "1234" or "ABCD1234" or any alphanumeric characters of your choice. Chinese characters are also possible.

    bamajon1974 said:
    (2) why all of the trouble to add contact back to the new context menu? is it MS way of phasing out the old contact features?
    I am in no position to answer the questions on behalf of M$.
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  3. Posts : 452
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #52

    @Matthew Wai
    Your suggests work! Thank you very much. I am assuming I need to keep the "HKCR\bamajon1974" in the registry, correct?
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  4. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 6,429
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #53

    Delete it and see what will happen. Add it back afterward.
    The trial-and-error approach is safe in this case.
    Always create a system restore point before playing with Windows Registry.

    Add Create Restore Point Context Menu in Windows 10
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  5. Posts : 452
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #54

    I added some dashes in front of the HKCR\bamajon1974 key (rather than just delete the key) and the contacts new menu entry disappeared. Reappeared when I removed the dashes so it seems the HKCR\bamajon key is necessary.
    Just for my own information, how did you figure out this workaround or what is the rationale behind creating HKCR\bamajon1974 key and referencing the HKCR\.contact key to the previously createded key?
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  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 6,429
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #55

    I did not figure out the workaround. I just plagiarized the rationale from other items on the context menu. Take "Rich Text Document" for example.

    HKCR\.rtf

    The above key will refer to the following key:

    HKCR\rtffile

    The default value data of "HKCR\rtffile" is "Rich Text Document", the displayed item.
    When you click on "Rich Text Document" on the context menu, a new .rtf file will be created.
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  7. Posts : 1
    Win 10
       #56

    My "create new txt-file" dissapeard but your reg-file fixec it. Thank you very much !!!
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,940
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #57

    BertramTasch said:
    My "create new txt-file" dissapeard but your reg-file fixec it. Thank you very much !!!
    Glad it could help, and welcome to Ten Forums.
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  9. Wisewiz's Avatar
    Posts : 808
    11 Pro 21H2 (22000.318)
       #58

    @Brink

    It will come as no surprise to you that the removal of Bitmap and Text no longer work in Windows 11, where the keys for Shell New are non-existent. If I create those keys, and then delete them, I will almost certainly accomplish zilch.

    Any ideas?

    (Thank you very much!)

    Dan
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  10. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,940
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #59

    Wisewiz said:
    @Brink

    It will come as no surprise to you that the removal of Bitmap and Text no longer work in Windows 11, where the keys for Shell New are non-existent. If I create those keys, and then delete them, I will almost certainly accomplish zilch.

    Any ideas?

    (Thank you very much!)

    Dan
    Hello Dan,

    Hmm, I don't see the ShellNew key for them either in Windows 11.

    I'll add this to my list to play with tonight to see what I may find.
    Last edited by Brink; 22 Oct 2021 at 17:08.
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