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Removing the create new shortcut option from the New context menu using group policies

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I need to disable our students' ability to create a new shortcut from the File/New context menu. This gives students the opportunity to type in paths for programs on the C drive.
I found a registry entry that removes the entire New menu when you access either the desktop using right mouse click or in a windows explorer window using File/New, therefore eliminating the ability to add new shortcuts. However, this also removes the ability to create new folders.
I need a way of removing everything (including the application options i.e. word, text document, briefcase etc...) in the New context menu, but still leaving the option for creating a new folder?
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Delete the 'HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellNew' key from the registry and the 'New shortcut'  bit should disappear.
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You can also search for the appropriate ShellNew keys in the HKCR hive in order to remove Word, Excel and the other items in the new menu.  MS didn't consolidate those entries in a nice area where you could edit them, you have to work through the whole registry.  Fortunately you can use F3 to search for ShellNew and find them pretty quickly.  

If you intend to apply this to many PCs, I recommend learning to use the Group Policy Editor.
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