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Removing Items from the Context Menu
Removing Items from the Context Menu
Over time, your context menus can become cluttered with program entries from
old programs that you may not use anymore. You might experience programs that
take over all your context menus. Compression apps such as WinZip, WinRAR,
or Picozip always end up adding program entries to all the context menus. I have
Picozip installed on my computer and every time I right-click any file or folder,
I see five entries from Picozip giving me different compression options. This
can be a convenient feature, but if you don’t compress and extract zip files very
often, you might not need the added convenience. Instead, you could remove
these entries from your context menu, which will give your system a cleaner
interface as well as a small performance boost if you have a lot of extra entries
in your context menu.
Removing these programs from your context menus can be a little tricky
because they can be spread in different places in the registry. The only way to
remove these types of entries is to edit the registry directly. Follow these steps:
1. Open the Start screen, type regedit and then press Enter.
2. When the Registry Editor appears, expand the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT folder.
A list of the file types set up on your computer displays.
3. If the entry that you want to remove from the context menu appears in
all context menus, such as the preceding Picozip example, you have to
expand the * folder. Otherwise, expand the folder with the file extension
you want to modify.
4. After expanding the correct folder, expand the ShellEx and ContextMenuHandlers
folders. Your registry path should be HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\ShellEx\
5. Look through the list until you find the entry that you want to remove.
Right-click the entry and select Delete. Identifying some of the programs
is easy. For example, WinRAR is labeled WinRAR, as shown in Figure 9-5.
However, you may run into some items that are listed using their
application/class ID or a vague name. For those, do a registry search of the
class ID (Ctrl+F), which is formatted as {XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-
XXXXXXXXXXXX} , to find other references that give you clues to what the
ID belongs to. If that does not work, try doing a search on Google to see
whether that turns up anything.
6. After you are finished removing all the entries from your context menus,
close Registry Editor and you are finished. Your changes will be in effect
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