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Open With Context Menu Item - Add or Remove

How to Add or Remove the "Open with" Context Menu Item in Windows
Published by Brink
05 Jan 2010
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How to Add or Remove the "Open with" Context Menu Item in Windows

information   Information
This will show you how to add or remove the Open with right click context menu item of all files in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
A default program is the program that Windows uses when you open a particular type of file extension. Open with allows you to change a file type to open with a different default program for just this one time or always using the context menu in Windows.

Removing Open with from the context menu can make it easier to prevent all users on the computer from accidentally have a file extension type assigned a wrong default program to be opened with by default.


EXAMPLE: Open with Context Menu Item for Files
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Here's How:
1. To Remove "Open with" from the Context Menu
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Remove_Open_With.reg
download
2. To Add "Open with" Back to the Context Menu
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Restore_Open_With.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

5. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK to approve merging the .reg file.

6. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

That's it,
Shawn





21 Aug 2010   #1
lvsunz37

windows 7 Pro, 64 bit
 
 
Restore 'Open With' Context Menu Item

My system: Win 7 Pro 64 bit. I'm the Administrator & the only user. I can't get Open With item into Context Menus (not with by The Shift process). I ran Restore_Open_With.reg (Merge), rebooted.
Still no Open With. Would appreciate help. Thank you.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Aug 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ivsunz37,

What file extension does the file have that you are trying to use Open With on?

Did you mean that you only have Open With if you press and hold Shift when you right click?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Aug 2010   #3
lvsunz37

windows 7 Pro, 64 bit
 
 
Restore Context Menu Open With Item

Brink,
I got it to work- rebooted, uninstalled (via System Restore), then re-installed.
Was trying on .bin file extension.
Could not get Open With even when using Shift with rite click.

All seems OK now. Thanks much.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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22 Aug 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Ivsunz. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Nov 2010   #5
sylvialdgsd

Windows 7
 
 

Fantastic tip, Shawn, thank you!!!
Sylvia
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Nov 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Sylvia.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2011   #7
happytony

win 7 32
 
 
Dont have

hello. my site dont have the OPEN WITH. can you help me.
i m using Windows 7.32bit
the key is original in system. and i do try to run the file. but dont right lick dont have.
i want the .url to have right click.
and i do edit the file to .url/shellex ...
after add. the right click not show also. Thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Tony, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The tutorial below will allow you to add Open with to the context menu of URL files.


URL Files - Add "Open with" to Context Menu


Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Oct 2011   #9
jthib

win 7 enterprise
 
 
How do I view that file?

That .reg file is non-human-readable, how can I decode it to be sure it is not going to harm my computer?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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