How do you remove items from a context menu?

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  1. Posts : 331
    Windows 10 home Version 1709 build 16299.1087
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    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?How do you remove items from a context menu?-2016-09-26-1-.png
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  2. Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Home
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    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. Posts : 331
    Windows 10 home Version 1709 build 16299.1087
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    I find only one of the renegade apps:
    How do you remove items from a context menu?-2016-09-28.png
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  4. Ten Seconds's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home, Windows 7 Ultimate
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    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".
    How do you remove items from a context menu?-0ebxd60.png
    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. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    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. Posts : 14
    Windows 10
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    Another vote for Nirsoft's well-written portable utils, such as ShellExView and also ShellMenuView.
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  7. Posts : 331
    Windows 10 home Version 1709 build 16299.1087
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    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. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 34,302
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    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.
    Last edited by dalchina; 01 Oct 2016 at 04:41.
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  9. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Home
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    lbeck said:
    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:
    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. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    Yes, seems Shellmenuview gives an apparently complete representation- Shellexview now is very limited.
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