A context menu (also called contextual, shortcut, and popup or pop-up menu) is a menu in a graphical user interface (GUI) that appears upon user interaction, such as a right-click mouse operation.
The Right Click Menu or the Context Menu, which appears, when you right-click on the desktop or a file or folder in Windows gives you added functionality by offering you actions you can take with the item. Most programs like to stuff their commands in this menu. While they can be useful, the problem is that even when you uninstall the programs, they fail to remove the respective context menu item, making the menu slow and appear cluttered.
It will be much frustrating when you have quite a lot of items on your Context Menu. And hence I want my readers to know how the items on the context menu can be removed.
Most programs will offer the explorer integration in their Settings, and if you look around, you may be able to find it and disable the explorer context-menu integration. If not, you will have to edit the registry or use a third-party freeware.
How to remove menu items under right-click or context menu: This tutorial explains how to remove annoying or non-useful programs from right click menu using the registry editor.
Important: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, How to back up and restore the registry in Windows.
- Click Start
- Click Run
- Type in regedit and click ENTER
- Browse to the following: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers
(This is where programs attach to the right click menu.)
- 5. If you wish to reduce this clutter or remove items from context menu which are no longer useful, you can do so. You simply delete or export then delete the keys you do not want.
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