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How to Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu in Windows 10

You can open a context menu in the Start Menu by right clicking or pressing and holding on an app's tile on the Start screen or on an app listed in All Apps.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17083, you can prevent users from being able to open context menus in the Start Menu.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable opening context menus in the Start Menu for specific or all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable opening context menus in the Start Menu.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu for Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu for All Users using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Context menus in the Start Menu
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Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Three below.

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, double click/tap on the Disable context menus in the Start Menu policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Context Menus in the Start Menu for All Users

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu for All Users

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu for Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Three below.

1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, double click/tap on the Disable context menus in the Start Menu policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Context Menus in the Start Menu

A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu for All Users using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

DisableContextMenusInStart DWORD

(delete) = Enable
1 = Disable


1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Context Menus in the Start Menu for All Users

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_context_menus_in_Start_Menu.reg

download


 3. To Disable Context Menus in the Start Menu for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_context_menus_in_Start_Menu.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn