Add, Remove, Edit Context Menu items in Windows 7 | 8

The Right Click Menu or the Context Menu is the menu, which appears, when you right-click on the desktop or a file or folder in Windows. This menu gives you added functionality by offering you actions you can take with the item. Most programs like to stuff their commands in this menu. While they can be useful, the problem is that even when you uninstall the programs, they fail to remove the respective context menu item, making the menu slow and appear cluttered.
Edit Context Menu items

Edit Windows Context Menu

If you wish to reduce this clutter or remove items from this menu which are no longer useful, you can do so. Most programs will offer the explorer integration in their Settings, and if you look around, you may be able to find it and disable the explorer context-menu integration. If not, you will have to edit the registry or use a third-party freeware.

Using Registry Editor

Run regedit to open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:



Hereyou need to simply delete the keys you don’t want. There are other registry locations too where this data may be stored. To know more about the other location, please refer this post on

Context Menu Editors

You can also use 3rd-party freeware context menu editors to remove context menu items, or to add or edit them..

1) Some of our following freeware will help you edit the right-click context menu easily.


Ultimate Windows Customizer, Right-Click Extender for Windows and Context Menu Editor for Windows are freeware releases from the Windows Cluband you may want to check them out.

2) ContextEdit will allow you easily control the items that appear on your context menu of Windows Explorer.

Context Menu Editors

The context menu often contains numerous rarely-used commands. These commands come from one of two places: shell commands stored within the system Registry, and context menu handlers.

3) You can also try ShellExtView or  ShellMenuView. They are small utilities that display the list of static menu items that appear in the context menu when you right-click a file/folder in Windows Explorer, and allow you to easily disable or edit unwanted menu items.


4) File Menu Tools lets you add, delete & customize the context menu items of the Windows Explorer.


It lets configure the following aspects:

  • Add some build-in utilities in order to do operations over files and folders.
  • Add customized commands which let run external applications, copy/move to a specific folder or delete specific file types.
  • Configure the “Sends to…” sub menu”.
  • Enable/disable the commands which are added by other applications to the context menu and much more !

5] If you are you looking for a fast and easy way to clean up your Window Explorer and Internet Explorer right-click context menu, try MenuMaid.


Simply download the portable freeware app MenuMaid and uncheck the items you don’t want to show up. It also lets you disable or remove items from the Internet Explorer context menu. If you want to restore them, check them again. Read this post if you want to remove items from the “New” Context Menu.

Do let us know, how you manage to keep you Windows Explorer right-click context menu clean and tidy!

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • MSerif

    How to change “refresh” item in context menu? I have tried all of the software…

  • Anand Khanse

    The Refresh option cannot be removed or changed as it is not a shell extension, but is hard coded in the operating system.

    Just in case you want to read a bit more about what this option does, go here:

  • MSerif

    Thank you for answering, best regards

  • Mariana Carlos

    wonderful article. very impressive and full of information.keep sharing this kind of knowledge.

  • Old Man

    Nice article. However, what I was looking for was a way to clean the long list when “new” is selected on the right-click. Every time I install a new program, I get another entry under “new.” The only things I use are “folder” and “shortcut.” I want to get rid of all the other stuff.
    TweakUI did that for XP and earlier. The latest version does not have that option. Do you know of a way to clean the “new” listing without having to buy a third party utility?

  • Anand Khanse
  • gary

    Many items that come up via the right click are not working on one computer. As an example, I open explorer, right click on Network, left click on properties, nothing opens. Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit.
    Thank you

  • abdullah jafri

    how to reduce the size of context menu.. I am using win 8.1…

  • Peets

    I’m trying to delete “Shred content with AVG” from AVG antivirus, but there’s no way to remove it without also removing the file scanner. Why wouldn’t AVG simply add an option on the settings? I’m mentioning this because on their forum they refer to this article, so we are basically abandoned to our fate.

  • YoBro

    I have the issue that there always is an option to undo copy or deletion after I copied a file or folder etc.
    How do I switch this off? I might be a little OCD and this just drives me crazy. I always have to move a file to the bin just to restore it so the option disappears. Please help.

  • Sergiusz

    Be careful with no 4 – File Menu Tools. It adds a menu – and doesn’t let you delete unwilling items!

  • thewindowsclub_fan

    How to scan and detect the items in the context menu that freeze for 10-20seconds when I do right-click on the files in Windows Explorer? Does any tools above could help for it? Thanks.

  • cybervigilante

    I’ve looked and looked at context editors but not one does the simple job of Moving entries. For some nutty reason, Windows has Delete, the entry I use the most, on the very bottom of the context menu. i often even have to down arrow to see it. Some context menus will let you move little-used items like Delete Permanently, but not one I’ve seen will move simple Delete. I don’t get it.

  • Guest

    why not use the delete key on your keyboard?

  • Shrdlu42

          Thanks, I’ll try this. But meanwhile I have a simple question you may be able to answer.

          All I really want to do is to be able to “toggle” my internet connection (the NIC) on and off (as I could in Windows XP). I created an Ethernet shortcut to my desktop, and it sometimes will toggle back and forth, but other times it just stays “locked” in the “enable” or “disable” mode. (Clicking on it keeps doing the same thing.) Usually if it’s in one mode that option also appears in the right-click menu. (I.E.: “enable” if it’s enabling, “disable” if it’s disabling.) At the very least I’d like to get both options to appear all the time. Hopefully one of your suggestions will help me to do it, but if you have any specific advice, it would be appreciated.


  • Grateful Reader

    Thanks a lot! I looked at so many different sites to find out how on earth to remove this ‘add to pokki menu’ option from my context menu. I tried all but none worked. Then I came here and used that simple utility and it worked. I was a little OCD and got a bit obsessed with removing that option and when I finally did, it felt lighter.

  • Fahmy Corporation
  • Max Pen

    How to add something to the new menu links in context menu? With what program?

  • Anand Khanse

    Links have been mentioned in the post. But you could also search on

  • kaboo

    i dont appreciate the fact that each link leads to an installer that trys to load down your computer with a ton of crapware you do realize that by doing this you are a part of the problem right? not everyone knows to just hit decline/skip/uncheck the boxes and this kind of thing is unfair to them

  • awe

    how to delete?

  • awe

    how to paste picture?

  • Falling Where

    FileMenuTools installed malware on my system.

  • Fahmy Corporation

    Try also “FCorp – Context Menu Manager”, it can help you manage “File Association and Context Menu” :

  • travb


    what is *? where is it?

    Here you need to simply delete the keys you don’t want.

    Remove the word “simply” What is simple to you is not simple to me.

    Explain how to find regedit – provide link on the word “regedit” for instructions how to find it.

  • travb

    these are currently better written instructions:

  • Anand Khanse

    If you are not familiar with regedit, may I genuinely suggest that you instead use the suggested freeware to do it?

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