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How to Remove Programs from "Open with" Context Menu in Windows

The Open with context menu allows users to choose an app to open a file with.

Sometimes your "Open with" context menu may include programs you no longer want listed for a file extension. For example, an uninstalled program, or if you mistakenly opened a file with the wrong program.

This tutorial will show you how to remove third-party programs from the Open with context menu for only your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

EXAMPLE: "Open with" context menu
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Here's How:

1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

2. Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)


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3. Expand open the FileExts key, expand open the file extension (ex: ".jpg") key you want to remove an "Open with" item from, and click/tap on the OpenWithList key under it. (see screenshot below)

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4. In the right pane of the OpenWithList key, right click or press and hold on the string value (REG_SZ) of the third-party program (ex: "Screenpresso.exe") you want to remove, and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below)

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5. Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 for any other programs you want to remove from the "Open with" context menu for any file types.

7. When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.

That's it,