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How remove items from right click menu in Windows?

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Question:

How can I remove items from right click menu in Windows? For instance, I want to remove the Sharing and Synchronization options. I also use a software called PhraseExpress; it has added a new item, “Open/Run With PhraseExpress,” in the right-click-menu. I want to remove it, as I have no need for it.

Answer:

The best and easiest way to remove items from right-click menu is to use a freeware tool, which can disable, or remove unwanted items for you. One of such tools is ShexView; you can download it from here. Another very useful tool, with GUI interface, is “FileMenu Tools”; download it from here.

Nowadays, lot of software adds items to the context menu. One or two of them might not be a problem, but it is frustrating if you have five or more useless items in the context menu. These items increase menu size, which can make it a bit difficult for us to find other helpful options/items we are looking for. It also displaces old options from their original spots.

The best way to deal with this issue is to use the above-mentioned tools; here are some other ways you can use to remove items from context menu.

A simple solution is to reinstall the software that added item(s) to your right-click menu; when you are re-installing it, uncheck the box that says something similar as this “Integration into file context menus.” Off course, this solution is only applicable to a software that actually gives such an option during its installation process. It is also possible that a software has an option in its settings that allows you to enable or disable its integration into the context-menu.

Following image shows the options PhraseExpress, a clipboard software, gives us during the installation process:

Another solution is to make specific changes in the registry. Press and hold Windows key on the keyboard and press “R” button. This opens the Run Command. Type “regedit” and press Enter.

In the Registry-Editor, you will need to find specific entries to either delete or edit them. For instance, to remove items that PhraseExpress added to my right-click menu, I deleted the following entry from Windows registry: “PhraseExpressOpen.”

NOTE: before you make any changes to Windows registry, make a full registry backup and store it in a safe place.

An easy way to find the entry you are looking for is to click on Edit > Find; then type the name of the software and click on Search, or Find-Next. Sometimes, you may need to delete/edit multiple entries.

How can I remove the “Sharing” option from right click menu using regedit?

Open registry editor. Click on “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT” > “Directory” > “Shell ex” > “ContextMenuHandlers,” here delete “Sharing” key.

Also delete “Sharing” key at the following location: “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT” > “*” > “Shell ex” > “ContextMenuHandlers.”

How can I remove “Shared Folder Synchronization” using regedit?

Open registry editor; click on “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT” > “CLSID.” Now search and delete the following key: “{6C467336-8281-4E60-8204-430CED96822D}.”

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