How to remove applications from the Right-click Menu?

I have installed many softwares lately and was shocked when found out that my right-click context menu has many applications. Most of them are not even use. Some softwares allow you to disable the context menu from its options settings. But some of them don’t have the options and not allow you to remove the applications from the context menu.

I thought to remove the applications from the context menu requires special software. Unfortunately, I was wrong. You can do that directly from registry.

When we are talking about registry, many of us are scared because registry is the core of our system. If we messing up the registry, we are actually messing up our operating system. Therefore, please make a backup of your registry before you continue. You don’t want to reformat your PC would you?

To edit the right-click menu, go to Start > Run and type “regedit” (without the quotes). Then click Ok. There are two parts that I will discuss here. The first part is about to remove the applications from files context menu and the second part is to remove the applications from the folder context menu.

Part 1: Files context menu

While you are in the Registry Editor, go to

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\

You will see something like this

rightclickmenu-01

These are the applications that you see when you right click a file. You can either delete the application folder or you can just disable them. But I prefer to disable just incase I want it back in the future.

rightclickmenu-02

To disable the application, click on the application folder and in the key panel, right click the key name and choose Modify. Let say that the Value Data is like this

{D25B2CAB-8A9A-4517-A9B2-CB5F68A5A802}

What you need to do is just add a minus (-) in front of the value like this

-{D25B2CAB-8A9A-4517-A9B2-CB5F68A5A802}

Click Ok, refresh and try right clicking on any file. Now you will see the unwanted application has been removed from the context menu.

Part 2: Folders context menu

How about for the folder? The steps are the same but the directory to the shell extension is different. You need to go to this tree,

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\

Here, you will see the applications that attached on the context menu. You can either delete the application folder or just disable like you did for the files.

rightclickmenu-03

In the key panel, right click the key name, choose Modify and add the minus in front of the value. Click Ok and refresh. Now right click on any folder and there application has gone from the right click menu.

To give you a better understanding about how to do it, I have included a video in this post. This video will show you how to disable the WinRAR from the right click menu. Enjoy!

Comments

  1. This tutorial is what i waiting for a long time

  2. For those who are afraid of registries, try Mmm Free. Btw, nice expert tips Cypher.

  3. Great tips…Must be so hard to use registries after it crashed my own OS last months :p

  4. I too use the one mentioned by Syahid, mmm freeware to edit right click menu.

  5. bluEyez says:

    i have the catalyst control center when i right click the desktop, how to make that disappear ?

  6. Thank you ! Truly a life saviour!

  7. thank’s
    it’s good and safety
    peace….

  8. hi there,

    my problem is that when i right click on Start menu the “Search” is right on top instead of open. also when i double-click on a folder in Windows explorer it opens the search panel ?!?!? maybe i could change something in regedit to swop “search with open”?

    Thx
    daniel

  9. Thanks,
    I installed the free A/V “Comodo”, if you value your data and your time don’t install it on windows Seven (07) and uninstall it. It made a mess of my PC. When I uninstalled it, it was like my Mother in law could not get rid of it. Take my word for it. I was having fun with it I did like it till I found it to be the problem.

  10. But what if I wanted to remove only 3 of 4 winrar options? And what about other commands like Send etc?

  11. can you tell me how to remove “Rename” in the right click context menu? i need it badly..thanks!

  12. Thank You for the tutorial. Now I can remove the item in context menu that no longer needed.

  13. You are BRILLIANT. Quick and easy. Thank you!