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Windows 7: Removing items from Context Menu

26 Jan 2010   #1
BAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Removing items from Context Menu

Is there any way we can remove some unneeded items from the context menu?

Removing items from Context Menu-screenshot.png
I especially want to get rid of ones like 'compress and email' etc.



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26 Jan 2010   #2

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Open Registry Editor (regedit), go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers and delete the unwanted entries. This is for the Folder Context Menu.

For File Context Menu, go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers and do the same.

Kari
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26 Jan 2010   #3
BAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Thank you, Kari!
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26 Jan 2010   #4

windows 7
 
 

Uh.... why don't I have these entries?

I have HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex with a (Default) string in it (no value). It's the very first folder in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.

And in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers I also have a single (Default) string with no value set.

Am I missing something?

TIA

mac
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26 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Why should a user need to modify the registry to change context menu items?

It seems like after a decade or more that we should have a better solution available to us than digging into the registry.
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26 Jan 2010   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mac5050 View Post
Uh.... why don't I have these entries?

I have HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex with a (Default) string in it (no value). It's the very first folder in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.

And in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers I also have a single (Default) string with no value set.

Am I missing something?

TIA

mac
You don't see this:

Removing items from Context Menu-shellex1.png

Kari


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26 Jan 2010   #7

windows 7
 
 

Oh, geez!! I'm soooo dumb!

Ok. The folders are there. My excuse is that I'm still not used to the arrow to expand, instead of a plus sign.

That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. LOL.

Thanks, Kari!

mac
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26 Jan 2010   #8

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Happens to all of us time to time.

Kari
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26 Jan 2010   #9
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here are a couple utilities that can clean-up the context menu:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shell_menu_view.html

And this is the corresponding website:
http://www.nirsoft.net/system_tools.html
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26 Jan 2010   #10
BAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Here are a couple utilities that can clean-up the context menu:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shell_menu_view.html

And this is the corresponding website:
http://www.nirsoft.net/system_tools.html
Thanks for mentioning this software here, whs. I will try it next time I have any similar issue.
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