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How to Clean Up Your Messy Windows Context Menu

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:21 am
by TeMerc
One of the most irritating things about Windows is the context menu clutter that you have to deal with once you install a bunch of applications. It seems like every application is fighting for a piece of your context menu, and it's not like you even use half of them.

Today we'll explain where these menu items are hiding in your registry, how to disable them the geeky way, and an easier cleanup method for non-geeks as well.

Cleaning the Context Menu by Hacking the Registry
If you want to clean things up the truly geeky way, you can open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to one of the following keys… sadly the context menu items are not stored in a single location. More....

Cleaning Up the Context Menu the Easy Way
Instead of hacking the registry, you can use two different NirSoft utilities to clean up the context menu. Sadly, some of the menu items are implemented as Explorer shell extensions (like the "shellex" keys we explained above), and some are implemented as regular context menu items (like the regular "shell" keys we explained above).

The first tool we will check out is ShellMenuView, which allows us to manage all of those "shell" key items with an easy to use interface.

Just browse down until you find the offending item, then click the Disable button… which will actually create a LegacyDisable key just like we explained in the manual section above. More.....

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