Microsoft Excel Option is Missing from the Right Click Context Menu; how to fix it?

Microsoft Excel plays a very important role irrespective of whether you are a student or a working professional. And everybody knows what the purpose of it is. Essentially, Microsoft Excel helps to organize the data and perform financial analysis on it. If you are a student, it is used to perform mathematical operations and solve problems and if you are a working professional, it serves the purpose of data entry and other small or big calculations. One example of it is SUMPRODUCT which multiplies the number of cells or arrays and returns a sum of products. Along with it, it offers several advanced tools and functions that you must be aware of.

You can directly access the Microsoft Excel worksheet from your desktop or any folder for that matter. You just need to right-click on an empty space, and in the context menu, you will find an option that says New, and then go to Microsoft Excel Worksheet. However, it may happen that it is not visible in some cases. If you are facing the same issue this risewindows article is going to help you.

Now there might be several reasons behind it disappearing from the context menu, one of which might be that some third-party application has messed up the registry keys, causing this problem. Which beings us to the next part of this article i.e., the fix.

Fix: Microsoft Excel Option is Missing from the Right-Click Context Menu

Now that we have understood the problem, let us get to the part where we tell you how to fix it. The process is quite simple but involves a registry tweak. This is why it is advised that you keep a full back of Windows Registry and create a system restore point beforehand. This will help you restore the previous settings in case something goes wrong. On a side note, the below method works only on Microsoft Office 2007 and later versions, so if you have one, go ahead and follow through with the instructions.

Step 1: Open the Run command box by pressing Windows logo + R keys simultaneously on your computer.

Step 2: In the Run Command box, type regedit and hit Enter. This will open the Registry Editor on your screen.

Step 3: In the Registry Editor, browse the following path:-


Step 4: Now, go to the right side pane of the ShellNew key and change the value data of FileName string by double-clicking on it.

On a side note, in case the FileName string on the opposite side of the ShellNew key is missing, you can  right-click on the ShellNewbutton. Once you do that, click on New, and then the String Value option.

Step 5: Replace the default Value data with the following:-


Quick Note: You can use the the following absolute path instead of excel12.xlsx:-

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Root\VFS\Windows\ShellNew\excel12.xlsx

Step 6: Click on OK.

Step 7: Close the Registry Editor.

Once you are done with all the above steps, you should find the Excel Sheet option in the context menu whenever you right-click on an empty space on the desktop or in any folder.

That is it.

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