Thanks for your suggestion, M...--but I still seem to have the problem. Here's what I did:
1) Downloaded ShellExView v1.30.
2) In ShellExView, I disabled half of the context menu handlers and restarted my computer. Then I opened a folder and right click>new took almost a minute.
3) Re-enabled handlers disabled in (2) and disabled the other half. I restarted and opened the folder and right click>new gave same result.
4) Re-enabled handlers disabled in (3) and disabled all the Property Sheet handlers. Then, I restarted and opened a folder. Right click>new gave same result.
5) Re-enabled the property sheet handlers and disabled all the icon handlers. Same result on right click>new.
6) Re-enabled icon handlers and restarted. Still having the problem.
If you or someone else has another suggestion, I would try it.
I just had an idea: I have a respectable amount of software on my computer--a lot of Adobe stuff, a ray-tracer, some graphing programs, other specialized (=single task) programs...not sure if that is important, but is it possible that my computer has to sort through the number of file types I could possibly create and that is what is taking so long?
*Edit* Still need help b/c I don't really know how to remedy the problem even if a "format inventory" is the cause of the slow-down.
Edited by JohnnyRotten, 18 November 2008 - 06:30 PM.