How to Customize Right-click Context Menu in Windows 10

When you install certain software in your Windows PC, they add some extra items to right-click context menu. These items help you process specific files via those software. Now, with time, your right-click menu might get cluttered by these third party extensions. And some of the items will still stay there even after you uninstall that specific software. So, at times you might need to customize your right-click context menu to remove unnecessary extensions.

There are two ways to edit or modify your right click context menu in Windows 10. The native but more complex method uses Registry Editor to remove or delete extra items from right-click menu. And the simpler method uses third party app to customize the right click menu in Windows 10. So, if you are not very much into computers and don’t want to mess with Windows Registry, you may opt for the second method.

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Remove and Restore Items from Right Click Menu in Windows 10

So, in this tutorial, we will show you how to remove or delete items from right-click menu and restore them back. We will show you the native method first i.e. Registry Editor. After that we will show you the software utility method. So, let’s start with Registry Editor method.

A) Remove and Restore Items from Right-Click Context Menu using Registry Editor

Let us warn you in advance that messing with registry in wrong way may make your PC inoperable. So, make sure to take a backup or registry or create a restore point before proceeding.

Step 1: Open Registry Editor

So, first of all, open the Registry Editor in Windows 10. Go to RUN, type regedit and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

Go To Run Type Regedit And Press Enter Or Click Ok
Go to RUN, type regedit and press Enter

It will open Registry Editor in Windows 10. We will use it to customize right-click context menu in Windows 10.

Registry Editor In Windows 10
Registry Editor in Windows 10

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Step 2: Go to Context Menu Registry Key in Registry Editor

Now, go to following path in Registry Editor. You can also copy and paste it in the address bar of the Registry Editor.

KEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers

Here, you will see the list of third-party extensions added to context menu.

Go To Context Menu Handlers In Registry Editor
Go to ContextMenuHandlers key in Registry Editor

Step 3: Take Backup of Registry Key Before Deleting it

Now, before you delete specific registry key to remove items from right-click menu, take it’s backup. Using this backup you will be able to restore it later if you wish so.

So, right-click on the registry key and select Export. In this tutorial, we are taking example of Notepad++.

Export The Registry Key Before Deleting It
Export the Registry Key before deleting it

Now, save it to the desired destination. Give it a recognizable name and save to desired destination.

Save Exported Registry Key At Desired Location
Save exported Registry Key at desired location

Step 4: Delete the Registry Key to Remove Items from Right-Click Menu

Now, after taking the backup, you can delete the desired Registry key to remove specific item from right-click context menu and customize it.

Simply, right-click on the key and select Delete.

Right Click On Registry Key And Select Delete To Remove It From Right Click Context Menu
Right-click on Registry Key and select Delete

You might see a confirmation dialog box, click Yes to continue.

Click Yes To Confirm Deletion Of Registry Key
Click Yes to confirm deletion

Step 5: Verify Removed item from Right-Click Menu

Now, you have successfully removed selected item from right-click menu. To verify, you can right-click on any file and see if it is still there. Remember, you might need to restart your PC if changes don’t reflect.

Before And After Comparison After Your Customize Right Click Menu In Windows 10
Before and After comparison of right-click menu

Step 6: Restore Items to Right-Click Context Menu using Registry Editor

So, if you think that you have mistakenly removed that item from right-click menu, you can still restore it. The backup we created for specific key in Step 3 above, will help us now.

In order to restore deleted right-click context menu item, go to the folder where you saved exported Registry key. Here, double-click on the Registry key to merge it with Registry.

Double Click Registry File To Merge It With Registry And Customize Right Click Menu
Double-click Registry file to merge with Registry

You will see a confirmation dialog after successfully merging the registry key.

Registry Key Imported Successfully
Registry key imported successfully

Step 7: Verify Restored Item in Right-Click Menu

Now, right-click on any file and see if specific item has been restored or not. Voila, you will see that your deleted item has been restored. If you don’t see it there, try restarting your PC.

Restore Items To Context Menu After You Modify Right Click Menu
Restore items to right-click menu

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B) Customize the Right-click Menu in Windows 10 with ShellExView Utility

Now, after you have checked the Registry editor method, let’s see a simpler method. But remember, it requires you to download a third-party app called ShellExView. It is an open source utility developed by NirSoft and it is pretty popular.

ShellExView allows you to customize right-click context menu in Windows 10. Using it, you can easily remove specific items from context menu. The best part it that you can also restore those items with ease. So, let’s check the steps.

Step 1: Download and Install ShellExView

So, first of all, you need to download and install ShellExView utility on your Windows 10 PC. You can download it from here. After downloading, install it on your PC.

Install Nirsoft Shellexview Utility In Your Windows 10 Pc
Install ShellExView utility in your PC

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Step 2: View Third-Party Right Click Items in your PC

After installing, run the ShellExView utility. It will display all the extension in your Windows 10. So, to view only third-party extensions, click Options from menu and select Hide All Microsoft Extensions.

Click Options And Select Hide All Microsoft Extensions
Click Options and select Hide All Microsoft Extensions

Step 3: Disable Specific Item to Remove it from Right Click Menu

Now, you will only see third-party extensions. So, won’t need to worry about accidently deleting any important Microsoft extensions.

Here, right-click on the item that you want to remove from right-click context menu and select Disable Selected Items.

Right Click And Select Disable Selected Items To Remove Them From Right Click Menu To Customize It
Right-click and select Disable Selected Items

You will see a confirmation dialog box. Click Yes to continue.

Click Yes To Disable Selected Item
Click Yes to continue

Step 4: Restart Explorer to Make Changes Effective

After disabling specific items from context menu, you need to restart explorer to make changes effective. So, click on Options again and select Restart Explorer.

Click On Options Again And Select Restart Explorer To Make Changes Effective And Customize Right Click Menu
Click on Options and select Restart Explorer

Now, click Yes on confirmation dialog box to continue restarting Windows Explorer.

Click Yes To Confirm Restarting Explorer
Click Yes to confirm

Step 5: Verify Changes in Right-Click Context Menu

After restarting the Explorer, right click on a file again. You can see that specific right-click menu item has been removed.

Before And After Comparison After Your Customize Right Click Menu In Windows 10
Before and After comparison

Step 6: Restore Right-Click Context Menu Items using ShellExView

Just like, Registry Editor method, you can restore removed context menu items using ShellExView also. Go back to ShellExView and you will see that disabled items are also there. Simply right-click on it and select Enable Selected Items.

Restore Disabled Right Click Menu Items Using Shellexview
Restore disabled right-click menu items using ShellExView

Click Yes when you see confirmation dialog box.

Click Yes To Enable Selected Items
Click Yes to enable selected items

Step 7: Check Restored Context Menu Items

After that Restart the explorer again from Options > Restart Explorer. Once, you have restarted the explorer, right-click on any file to see if selected item has been restored or not.

Restore Items To Context Menu After You Modify Right Click Menu
Item restored to right-click context menu

Edit the Right-click Context Menu in Windows 10 and Remove Stale Items

Above tutorial explained two methods to modify the right-click menu in Windows 10. While the first method is native and doesn’t require any third-party utility, the second method uses ShellExView utility by NirSoft. Second method is well suited for new users while advanced users can make use of Registry Editor method.

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