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Insider Power Techniques for Microsoft® Windows® XP by Austin Wilson, Scott Andersen, Geoff Winslow, Paul McFedries

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Customizing the Windows XP New Menu

One of the handiest features in Windows XP is the New menu, which allows you to create a new file without working within an application. In Windows Explorer, select File, New, or right-click inside the Contents pane and select New. On the submenu that appears, you’ll see items that create new documents of various file types, including a folder, shortcut, bitmap image, WordPad document (or Word document, if Word is installed on the computer), text document, compressed folder, and possibly many others, depending on your system configuration and the applications you have installed.

What mechanism determines whether a file type appears on the New menu? The registry, of course. To see how this works, start the Registry ...

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