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Restore a Missing Microsoft Word Document to the Right-click Context Menu

This post describes how to restore a missing Microsoft Word Document to the right-click context menu. If you can't find the Microsoft Word Document in the context menu when right-clicking on the Desktop, you can follow this guide to make it appear in the right-click context menu.


Part 1: 3 ways to create a new Word document

If your computer has Microsoft Word installed, you can quickly create a new Word document in several ways.

Way 1: Start a new Word document from the Start menu

Step 1: Click the Start menu > All apps.

Step 2: Scroll down to find Word program, then click to open it.

Start a New Word Document

Step 3: Then click on Blank Document to create a new Word doc.

Create a new Blank document

Way 2: Create a new Word document in an open Word document

You can quickly create a new document by double-clicking the left button in the blank of the tab bar, or by selecting the "New" command item from the context menu.

In an open document library, select File > New, and then select a template.

Create a new document inWord

Way 3: Create a new Word document from the right-click Context Menu

Right-click on the blank area in the File Explorer or Desktop, select New > Microsoft Word Document.

Create a new Microsoft Word Document from right-click menu

Tips: If you find the Microsoft Word Document option is missing from the right-click context menu, you can use the solutions which are illustrated in Part 2 to fix this problem.

Part 2: Get back the Microsoft Word Document to the right-click context menu

Solution 1: Repair Microsoft Office Program

Make sure your PC has just installed an Office program.

Step 1: Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features.

Step 2: Locate to Microsoft Office, right-click on it, and then select Change.

Change Microsoft Office

Step 3: Select the Repair option. Then click the Continue button to start repairing this program.

Repair Microsoft Office Program

If you cannot find the New Microsoft Word document function from the New menu, it means the problem still exists, you may need to try the next solution.

Solution 2: Create New Keys under .docx file

To get back the Right-click New Microsoft Word Document function of Office 2010-2016 in Windows Explorer and on the Desktop, use these steps:

Step 1: Open the Registry Editor by pressing Win + R, then type in regedit, and then press the Enter key.

Run regedit

Step 2: In the left pane of the Registry Editor, right-click on HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT to expand it.

Expand hkey classes root

Step 3: Press Ctrl + F, then type docx into the find box, then hit the Enter key, it will automatically navigate to .docx folder.

Find the location of docx file

Step 4: Right-click on the .docx key, select New > Key to create a key and give it a name: Word.Document.12.

Create new key names word document

Step 5: When done, right-click on the blank area of the Desktop, select Refresh option. Then, you should see the New Word Microsoft appearing in the context menu.

Get back Microsoft Word Document in right-click menu

If the New Excel or PowerPoint Microsoft gets missed, you can use the same way to get them back.

But this time in Step 3, you can also look for the location of .xlsx (.pptx), in Step 4, create a new key named Excel. Sheet.12. (PowerPoint.12). When finished, refresh the desktop.