How to add Google Docs to the Windows 10 New section of the context menu

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 3:51:50 AM America/Los_Angeles

In early 2018, I received an email from a TechRepublic member asking me to revise and update an article I wrote back in 2012. In Add Google Docs to the Windows 7 New menu (revised), I showed how to add various links to Google Docs to the New section of the Windows 7 context menu. It was a complicated hack of the Windows Registry and not something anyone should undertake lightly.
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Since receiving that email, we have been exploring other options users can take to add easy access to Google Docs to Microsoft Windows 10. The simplest and most efficient way is to add links to the Chrome jump list located on the Taskbar as explained in How to create new Google Docs using jump lists in the Microsoft Windows 10 taskbar.

However, despite showing you an easier way, and despite the warnings, some of you will still want to use the method that involves hacking the Windows 10 Registry file. Here are the steps you can take to add links to the Windows context menu that will allow you to start a new Google Doc, Spreadsheet, Presentation, or Drawing.

Editing the Registry

The total amount of editing to be done to the Windows Registry with this technique is too great and too rife with the possibility of error to list in this article. Instead, to simplify the process, I have created a downloadable file that you can use to do the edit for you. Click the link below to download the file and then extract its contents into an empty folder.

The file was originally created by HowToGeek for Windows 7 but has been modified to reflect changes made by Google over the years. That is the other major drawback of this technique, besides editing the Windows Registry, Google could change the links to create new documents at any time, which would break this hack and require another revision.

Copy the four icon files to the Windows folder so the system can find them. Next, run the AddGoogleDocsToNewMenu.reg file by double-clicking it. The system will warn you about editing the Registry file, click OK and let the edit take place.

It may take a few seconds for the change to finish processing, but the next time you right-click on an empty spot on the Windows Desktop and navigate to the New menu item you should see four new entries.


This edit is specific to the free version of the Google productivity suite. Subscribers often use Google Docs from within a domain structure. In this situation, the AddGoogleDocsToNewMenu.reg file must be changed to reflect the domain.

Right-click on the AddGoogleDocsToNewMenu.reg file and open it with Notepad or some other text editor. Do not just double-click it or select Open¡ªthat will just run the file with the wrong links. Change the links of each section to reflect your domain and then save the file.
Revert to normal

If you want to remove the links from the New item list of the Windows context menu, double-click and run the other file located in the download called: UninstallGoogleNewMenu.reg. This file will eliminate the keys created by the other file and revert the New menu back to its default settings.

Be careful

This technique should work for any version of Windows 10 and as long as Google maintains the current file reference system. However, it is the more dangerous option. Adding links to the Taskbar makes more sense, particularly in an enterprise environment, where IT departments frown severely on users editing the Windows Registry.

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Should you stick with Windows 7 or migrate to Windows 10?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:23:19 PM America/Los_Angeles

Should you migrate to Windows 10 or continue using what you've got? Unfortunately, there is no universally correct answer to this question.

Microsoft would probably say that adopting Windows 10 is the smarter choice, but an upgrade might not always be in your best interest. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of a Windows 10 migration based on your organization's unique needs.

When deciding whether or not to upgrade to Windows 10, the first thing that comes to mind is the cost. Microsoft initially made Windows 10 licenses available to Windows 7 customers for free. That offer has now expired, and organizations that decide to migrate to Windows 10 have to purchase the appropriate licenses. Windows 10 Pro currently sells for $199 per license, and Windows 10 Enterprise is available as a subscription for $7 per user per month, or $84 per year. Organizations that use assistive technologies are still eligible for a free upgrade.

Mainstream support for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 ended on Jan. 13, 2015. Extended support remains available until Jan. 14, 2020. This means that Microsoft has stopped updating Windows 7, with the exception of extended hotfix support and security updates. It also means that it no longer offers complimentary support, while pay-per-incident support remains available.

Leading up to the release, Microsoft suggested that Windows 10 was going to be the last OS for the foreseeable future. Rather than replace a new OS in a few years, Microsoft will routinely update Windows 10 with new features. The Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet lists Oct. 13, 2020 as the end of mainstream support for Windows 10. There is nothing wrong with continuing to use Windows 7, but doing so means missing out on innovative technologies that may benefit your organization from an upgrade.


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Shortcut as icon on windows 7 taskbar

Monday, December 12, 2016 6:40:11 PM America/Los_Angeles

I was wondering if it is possible to map CTRL Z to an icon and place it onto the windows 7 taskbar. The reason I want this is as follows:

Lenovo X230T tablet. If I turn the screen flat onto the keyboard. I cannot access CTRL Z.but If I have an icon on the taskbar that functions as CTRL Z, that would be awesome,

Currently my tablet pen has one button, it is mapped as right click. Which is useful as well.

You can do ctrl + alt + z.

1.Pin the icon to taskbar

2.Right click the icon, right click the icon name again > properties

3.Click in the shortcut field and press the shortcut you want


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Already have the Get Started tab installed with office 2007?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:29:07 PM America/Los_Angeles

Before you download the new Help tab, it’s a good idea to uninstall the older version of the tab, called the Get Started tab. To remove the tab:

Windows 7 or Windows Vista

1.Close the program you wish to uninstall the Get Started tab from (Word, for example).

2.Click Start and then click Control Panel.

3.Under Programs, click Uninstall a program.

4.Click you want to remove, and then click Uninstall.

Windows XP

1.Close the program you wish to uninstall the Get Started tab from (Word, for example).

2.Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs.

3.Click you want to remove and then click Remove.


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How to Fix Gadgets not Displaying Correctly in Windows 7

Sunday, November 20, 2016 6:32:06 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you have gadgets that are displaying on your Windows 7 desktop improperly as black, white, blank, or just messed up, then this will show you how to fix them.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.

1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.

2. Click on Save (if prompted), and save the .bat file to your desktop.

3. Right click on the downloaded .bat file and click on Run as administrator.

4. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

5. You will see a command prompt flash open and close as the .bat file runs.

6. When finished, restart the computer to apply.

7. Check to see if the gadgets on your desktop are displaying correctly now. If not, then try uninstalling and reinstalling any gadgets that are still not displaying properly, or do a System Restore using a restore point dated before the problem.


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Google bring the Chrome OS desktop to Windows 7

Monday, August 22, 2016 7:28:15 PM America/Los_Angeles

The Chrome browser on Windows 8 has had a Chrome OS-like view for a while, but it now looks like that OS-within-an-OS option is spreading to other platforms.

Francois Beaufort notes that Chrome Canary now has an experimental "Chrome OS mode" for cheap Windows 7 that drops you into Google's web-based desktop, complete with an app launcher; you'll even get Google Now notifications through the app.

There's no telling when (or if) this full-screen mode will reach polished versions of Chrome, but you can try it in Canary today if you're willing to live on the bleeding edge.


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The three way to Speed up a Windows 7 Computer

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 7:26:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

Has your installation of Windows started to bog down a bit? Are programs taking longer sto open than they used to? Follow this guide for some quick tweaks and fixes to speed up the performance of your buy Windows 7 computer.

1.Run a reputable antivirus program. The best way to combat viruses is to prevent them. There are several free and trusted antivirus programs available online. Your antivirus program should be running whenever your computer is connected to the internet.

2.Scan your computer for viruses. If you haven’t recently, run a virus scan on your computer. If your antivirus program gives you the option, run an in-depth scan for root kits. Schedule scans for at least once a week to prevent future virus infections.

3.Perform a malware scan. Spyware and malware are programs that are installed behind the scenes, and can eat up valuable system resources running in the background. Windows Defender comes installed with a malware scanner, and many more are available online for free or for purchase.


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Windows 7 updates have been broken for several days

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:53:15 PM America/Los_Angeles

If something goes wrong having a patch, it's usually a problem that emerges after people upload the patch. But in this example, fixes issued for May's Patch Tuesday batch simply won't install whatsoever for many people.

The most recent batch of bug fixes was issued on May 10, and within days everyone was complaining of issues with cellular phone. It's always the same problem: Windows Update runs for a long time stuck at 0% progress before finally failing to install.

The site came up with a fix: install a single patch manually, KB3153199, separately in the others. While some reported success, it didn't work on my machine. The three patches on my machine break up as you Windows 7 fix and 2 .Net 3.5.1 fixes.

Windows Update have been trying daily to set up the patches and failing. So, I attempted something radical: I restarted the PC. After 12 times of uptime, that ended up to be the fix. The updates all installed, eventually. It took some time, however they did come down. No more failing at 0 %.

This latest foul-up has people like Computerworld blogger Michael Horowitz advocating not allowing automatic installs of patches and waiting a few days after Patch Tuesday or any other fixes are issued.

"Waiting a couple of days gives Microsoft time for you to pull back or fix any bad patches. It also gives experts, such as Woody Leonhard, time to come up with workarounds to whatever issues crop up," Horowitz argues.

I do not blame him, but there are potential issues with waiting, too. Once Microsoft issues a fix, that tells the bad guys in which the problems are plus they can target them.


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