Quick and easy file creation

runs on Windows
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When you want to create a new file, most of the time you just fire-up the application that works with those files, choose File >> New from the menu, and go from there. Make your edits, tweak your tweaks, and then save the document, picture, or code module to whatever directory you want it to land in. That's the way you've always done it. It's reasonably quick, but having to navigate up and down the directory tree to find your new file's ultimate location can be a bit of a pain in the neck.

If you've noodled around in Windows for a while, you know there's another way to create new files. In Windows Explorer, if you first navigate to a particular directory and then right-click your mouse. In the context menu that comes up, you see "New" down at the bottom. Mouse over that and you get a flyout menu that lists new file types you can create. Click on one of those and you get a new Word DOC, a new Photoshop PSD, or some other new file. It's quicker, it's easier, and your new file is in the right place right out of the gate—no more navigating all over the place when you save your file.

ShellMenuNew lets you play with the types of files you can create in this way. Fire it up, and you'll get a list of all the file types in your Registry that you can create "New" in this way. Want to disable one? Piece of cake. And if you're smart (or brave), you can go into the Registry and tweak the particulars for a given entry. Just remember, though, that editing the Registry by hand can do great things, or it can turn your nice computer into a not-so-nice boat anchor.

ShellMenuNew is a free download. It's a Windows application and will run under Windows 2000 and later.

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