How to Add, Remove, and Manage Items in your Context Menu

The Context Menu is a handy menu that appears when you right-click on a file or folder in Windows. It allows the user to create new files, folders, or shortcuts. Additionally, the context menu is handy if you need to quickly run an application or execute a task that is associated with a particular program.

If left unchecked, the Context Menu takes very little time to become cluttered. Some programs add their own actions and entries to this menu during the time of installation. Although the added items are useful, it can be a little bit annoying when you uninstall programs, and they fail to remove the respective context menu item. Most entries are not static as the Context Menu changes based on the software you add or remove (in theory).

A cluttered Context Menu is a serious productivity killer, so it is crucial to keep removing the items from here that you no longer require. Typically, you can easily edit these items. Most programs that offer explorer integration will allow you to disable the Explorer context-menu integration in their Settings or Options feature.

However, there are sloppily written programs that will leave traces upon uninstallation. As a result, many third-party applications are available to manage the Context Menu. Following are several free tools to assist you in managing your Context Menu efficiently.

ShellMenuView

This software helps you to disable or enable new menu items in Windows Explorer. Upon launch, ShellMenuView displays a comprehensive list of all items in your Context Menu. Simply right-click the item name, and you can easily disable or enable the entry. Additionally, you can Set or Remove Extended Mode, Open the entry in RegEdit, and more. Extensive details are also shown such as the associated program, file type, menu key, the command, registry key, etc.

ShellMenuView is light-weight, portable, and doesn’t require any installation process or additional DLLs.

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Sysinternals Autoruns

This portable application is speedy to launch, and it runs very fast. When launched, you’ll see several tabs that provide various handy functions to manage your programs.

To manage your shell menu entries, simply click the tab called ‘Explorer.’ Next, you’ll see a list of all context menu items on your system. Right-clicking an entry will display a dialog menu with various functions. To remove an item, simply click ‘Delete.’ If you want to change the associated program with an entry, click ‘Properties,’ and a dialog box will appear. Next, click ‘Change..‘, and you’ll be able to change the program that opens or runs menu item.

Sysinternals Autoruns also allows you to Copy or Jump to an entry, locate a menu item, search for the item online, and more.

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CCleaner

CCleaner is a top-rated junk cleaning tool that includes many useful functions, and a Context Menu viewer and remover is one of them.

To start, click Tools –> Startup –> Context Menu.

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This tab displays whether the entry is enabled, the key, the associated program, the publisher, and the location of the file.

You can easily enable, disable, or delete a menu item using the buttons at the top-right of the user interface.

Or, you can right-click on an item to perform the same functions, in addition to saving the details to a text file, open in RegEdit, or open the containing folder.

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Easy Context Menu

As its name suggests, Easy Context Menu makes managing your Context Menu a breeze. The portable application also allows you to add additional functions, commands, and tweaks to your menu as well.

To clean your Context Menu, once launched, click ‘File’ in the top menu –> ‘ContextMenu Cleaner’. Next, you’ll see a detailed list of all entries. From here, you can enable, disable, delete, and jump to the Registry Key of any item using the appropriate button on the left side of the GUI.

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Rather than merely enabling, disabling, or removing a menu item, users are introduced to several unique tweaks, functions, and commands you can easily apply. On the main window, you’ll see a complete list of all commands and tweaks listed in various categories.

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Enabling a feature to add to your context menu is as easy as clicking a checkbox. Users can add functions/features such as: delete temp files, restart Windows Explorer, Reduce Memory, Control Panel, various Shutdown functions, quick access to multiple System Tools, Administrator features, and much, much more.

If you want to customize your Context Menu like an expert, this is a must-have app to add to your software library.

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Download one (or all) of the free programs listed above to take control of your Context Menu. Expert tech skills not required.

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