Windows 10: How do you remove items from a context menu?

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  1.    26 Sep 2016 #1

    How do you remove items from a context menu?


    Some installed programs have inserted items on my context menu that appears when I right-click on e.g., a folder. How do I remove the unwanted items?Click image for larger version. 

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  2.    27 Sep 2016 #2

    Go to regedit-
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers
    and delete those folders you donot require.
    Third party app that does this-
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/downloads/CME-W7V.zip
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  3.    27 Sep 2016 #3

    I find only one of the renegade apps:
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  4. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Home, Windows 7 Ultimate
       28 Sep 2016 #4

    Depending on the type of context menu entry key it is, any other programs/folders you're looking for might be in the "shell" folder right above "shellex".
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    And if you can't find what you're looking for in either folders, you should try out the tool that Beowulf1 posted, or another program like CCleaner, as it has a section for deleting context menu keys.
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  5.    29 Sep 2016 #5

    Hi, first port of call- the program itself. Often there's an option to enable or disable its context menu entry.

    And there's a better way for many context menu entries, unless you enjoy editing the registry.

    Most (but not all) extensions are accessible using Shellexview (free). You can disable those you don't like.
    From its GUI, rt click, click opens the extension in Regedit - no need to search the registry.
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  6.    29 Sep 2016 #6

    Another vote for Nirsoft's well-written portable utils, such as ShellExView and also ShellMenuView.
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  7.    30 Sep 2016 #7

    I think that I may be seeing part of the problem here. I downloaded/ran Shellexview and did a search for "treesize" (see my first post) and it wasn't found. Then I saw that all of the Shellexview entries pointed only items on my C:\ drive. Most of my programs are not on my small SSD boot drive to conserve space.

    How do I remove items that are in my context menu and on my E:\ HDD?

    Thanks for your help.
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  8.    01 Oct 2016 #8

    Hi, most of my programs are installed on my D: (for historical reasons- nowadays there's little reason to do that except for space management with large programs e.g.).

    What I've noticed with Shellexview is that it lists a very large number of context menu entries, but not all. For example, sometimes Glary Utilities context menu editor lists some Shellexview doesn't. As to why- no idea. You could try it.

    Similarly Ccleaner has a context menu manager- Tools, Startup -see tabs.
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  9. Posts : 2,278
    Windows 10.3 Home 1703 x64 (Home per choice)
       01 Oct 2016 #9

    lbeck said: View Post
    I think that I may be seeing part of the problem here. I downloaded/ran Shellexview and did a search for "treesize" (see my first post) and it wasn't found.
    You un-check creating context menu during setup, but ShellMenuView displays it and can disable it just fine.



    lbeck said: View Post
    Then I saw that all of the Shellexview entries pointed only items on my C:\ drive. Most of my programs are not on my small SSD boot drive to conserve space. How do I remove items that are in my context menu and on my E:\ HDD?
    It does not matter, where they are installed, they are registered within Windows shell/registry.
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  10.    01 Oct 2016 #10

    Yes, seems Shellmenuview gives an apparently complete representation- Shellexview now is very limited.
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