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    How to Add or Remove Share Context Menu in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Share Context Menu in Windows 10

    Published by Category: Customization
    10 Mar 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Add or Remove Share Context Menu in Windows 10


    In Windows 10, you can directly share files using installed UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps such as Mail, Twitter, OneNote, Cortana Reminders, Facebook, etc...

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Share context menu from files for all users in Windows 10.

    While you must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the context menu, all users will be able to use the context menu.

    When you right click on one or more selected files and click/tap on Share, you will then be able to share the file(s) using an app of your choice like below.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15002, Microsoft has redesigned the Windows sharing experience to be more app-focused and integrated with where you are sharing from. The new Windows Share experience will pop-up the new share flyout within the app you are sharing from and give you a list of applications you can share to. This list changes based on your usage.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16199, the Share flyout will now include contacts from your People app to share with.
    How to Add or Remove Share Context Menu in Windows 10-share_people.png


    EXAMPLE: "Share" context menu
    How to Add or Remove Share Context Menu in Windows 10-share_context_menu.jpg



    Here's How:

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


    2 To Add "Share" to Context Menu of Files

    This is the default setting.

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

    Add_Share_to_context_menu.reg

    Download


    3 To Remove "Share" from Context Menu of Files

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

    Remove_Share_from_context_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






  1. Posts : 17,839
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       #1

    Ooh, that's right handy @Brink! Specially if you have Ribbon disabled! Thanks very much! Good stuff!
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  3. Posts : 144
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       #3

    Hey Shawn- Many thanks for this...sure is a convenient shortcut.! Works great from a file list window, but doesn't seem to work on a file on the desktop (Invalid Window handle?).
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  4. Posts : 64,469
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       #4

    Hello Gary, :)

    I just tested, and it's working for a .reg file on my desktop. What file type is the file that this is happening with for you? I'll test with the same type to see if it does the same for me.

    As a test, does it do the same for you if you do it from within your "C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop" folder?
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  5. Posts : 144
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       #5

    As a test, does it do the same for you if you do it from within your "C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop" folder? - The answer is that the Share context function works successfully from the Desktop folder.

    Files that fail on the desktop include a .pdf file and a .docx file.

    FWIW, here's a snapshot of my context menu.

    How to Add or Remove Share Context Menu in Windows 10-screenshot-1-.jpg
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  6. Posts : 64,469
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       #6

    I just tested with .pdf and .docx files on my desktop, and the Share context menu works for them.

    I have Microsoft Edge set as the default program for .pdf files, and Word 2016 set as the default for .docx files.

    Do these files open from the desktop without issue for you?
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  7. Posts : 144
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    I use the same program defaults as you and both open successfully. I just tried a .jpg file and it fails as well. I was wondering if the PDF Creator or Superantispyware context items are causing the problem, but they are in the context menu when try to share in the Desktop folder, and there it works successfully. Not sure what the problem is, but if you're successful, then there's something not right with my machine, and I'll need to think about it some more. Thanks for the help.
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  8. Posts : 64,469
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       #8

    Please let us know how it went.
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  9. Posts : 75
    Windows 11 Pro
       #9

    Happy to find this here! Removed the context menu entry that was suddenly put there by the Fall update...
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