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    Add or Remove Personalize Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Personalize Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    04 May 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Add or Remove Personalize Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10


    When you right click or press and hold on your desktop and click/tap on Personalize, it will open to Background in Settings -> Personalization icon.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Personalize on the desktop context menu of all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add or remove the Personalize desktop context menu.

    This can be handy if you wanted to remove unused desktop context menu items.


    Contents

    • Option One: Add or Remove 'Personalize' Desktop Context Menu using BAT file with NSudo
    • Option Two: Add or Remove 'Personalize' Desktop Context Menu in Registry Editor



    EXAMPLE: Personalize on desktop context menu
    Add or Remove Personalize Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10-personalize_context_menu.png






    OPTION ONE

    Add or Remove 'Personalize' Desktop Context Menu using BAT file with NSudo


    Special thanks to Matthew for providing this option using a BAT file with NSudo.

    This option will not install anything on your computer.


    1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the Add_or_remove_the_context_menu_item_[Personalize].zip file.
    2 Save the the Add_or_remove_the_context_menu_item_[Personalize].zip file to your desktop.

    3 Unblock the the Add_or_remove_the_context_menu_item_[Personalize].zip file.

    4 Extract all the Add_or_remove_the_context_menu_item_[Personalize].zip file to your desktop.

    5 Run the Add_or_remove_the_context_menu_item_[Personalize].bat file from the extracted contents above.

    6 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes to approve running as administrator.

    7 Press the A (add) or R (remove) key for what you want to do. (see screenshot below)

    Add or Remove Personalize Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10-personalize.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    Add or Remove 'Personalize' Desktop Context Menu in Registry Editor


    1 In the search box (Win+S) on your taskbar or Start menu, type regedit, and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

    2 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3 In the left pane of Registry Editor, browse to the location below. (see screenshots below)

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Personalize

    Add or Remove Personalize Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10-personalize_registry.png
    Add or Remove Personalize Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10-command_registry.png

    4 You will need to first change the owner of the Personalize key in the left pane to be the Administrators group. (see top screenshot below step 3)

    5 You will need to second set permissions of the Personalize key in the left pane to "Allow" the Administrators group "Full control". (see top screenshot below step 3)

    6 You will need to third change the owner of the command key in the left pane to be the Administrators group. (see bottom screenshot below step 3)

    7 You will need to fourth set permissions of the command key in the left pane to "Allow" the Administrators group "Full control". (see bottom screenshot below step 3)

    8 Do step 9 (add) or step 10 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


    9 To Add Personalize to Desktop Context Menu

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 11 below.

    Add_Personalize_to_desktop_context_menu.reg

    Download


    10 To Remove Personalize from Desktop Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 11 below.

    Remove_Personalize_from_desktop_context_menu.reg

    Download


    11 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

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


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink




  1. Posts : 27
    Microsoft Windows 10
       #1

    So neither of these options works anymore. I tried the 'automated' process, neither of which worked. I then tried manually disabling Personalize in the Registry Editor. I was able to disable the program by inserting a '-' before the default string of Data, which left Personalize on the desktop context menu, but basically wouldn't allow anybody to access the program itself. Any ideas?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,513
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello Anton, :)

    The tutorial still works just fine, but it has to be followed completely step by step to do so.
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  3. Posts : 27
    Microsoft Windows 10
       #3

    I did follow it step by step. This is the only context menu tutorial with which I've had trouble. On another note, the one you have posted on sevenforums.com is indeed working.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,513
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    You were referring to an automated and manual method in the tutorial, but they are not separate methods. That's what made me think that you may not have done all the steps since all steps have to be done except to select either step 8 or 9. Is that what you did?

    Please also clarify what you meant by "wouldn't allow anybody to access the program itself." to see what that they may have been for. :)
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  5. Posts : 27
    Microsoft Windows 10
       #5

    Well, at first I tried using just Step 8 and Step 9 (the "automatic" methods). Since that didn't work, I tried doing Step 1-7 and then manually adding a '-' to the default string under Data in the Registry Editor. But I just tried the "automated" methods again, and they are indeed working, so you were right! I know this isn't the place, so I'm going to send you a personal message regarding removing two other context menu options ('Cut' and 'Create shortcut') for files and folders.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,513
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    I'm glad that's all it was, and you are able to use it now. :)
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  7. Posts : 27
    Microsoft Windows 10
       #7

    Thank you for clearing up everything! Any idea as to how I would remove 'Cut' and 'Create shortcut' from the context menus of files and folders?!
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,513
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    You're most welcome. :)

    I'm not sure about the other question, but that should be posted as a new thread in the Customization forum area to see if you may get a solution.
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  9. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 6,657
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #9

    @Brink,

    Add_or_remove_the_context_menu_item_[Personalize].zip

    The above ZIP file contains a batch script and NSudo.
    It lets users add or remove "Personalize" in the same way as option 1 in the tutorial below:
    Remove Display settings from Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10

    Can it be added into this tutorial?
    Add or Remove Personalize Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10-personalize.jpg
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 17 May 2021 at 23:37.
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