Sometimes applications plug into the context menu that I get on right-click on files and folders in Windows Explorer. After some time this menu gets really messy and I just want to clean it up.

Can you tell me how I can do this?


You have to edit your registry, it's easiest do do this for the context menu of directories:

  • Run regedit
  • Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell
  • Remove the keys that correspond to the unwanted commands

Each filetype (file extension) has its own additional commands which you can find under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\.EXT

If you want to remove a specific menu entry, it might be easier to just search for the context menu string in the registry.


You can use ShellExView to disable context menu addons.

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