Context Menu freezes or is slow to open in Windows 10

You’re using your Windows 10 computer, and something strange happens. For some reason, when you right-click, the context menu freezes or open slowly. This shouldn’t be happening because while the right-click isn’t used as much as the left-click, – but it’s still a common problem. This mainly happens because when you install programs, they continue to add their entries to the context menu and if one is programmed badly, you could end up with an unresponsive context menu.

If when you right-click on the Desktop or File Explorer, the Context Menu freezes or is slow to open on your Windows computer, here are a few things you need to take a look at to fix the issue.

Context Menu freezes or is slow to open

There’s little need to worry because fixing the problem isn’t a difficult affair. Just follow the steps below, and you’ll be just fine.

First thing is first; you must perform a clean boot of your Windows 10 computer. In Clean Boot State if you find that the problem disappears, then you need to disable one program after another and see if disabling any improves the situation.

If this does not help you need to boot normally and remove some items from the context menu.

Here are some posts that may help you:

  1. Remove items from New Context
  2. Remove CRC-SHA entry from Context Menu
  3. Remove ‘Give access to’ Context Menu item
  4. Remove Share item from right-click context menu.

You can also use a free Context Menu Editor to remove the unwanted context menu items. In this post, I am talking about Easy Context Menu Editor. If you have CCleaner on your system, then you can definitely use that, but it doesn’t have a lot of Context Menu related options to play around with.

OK, so after downloading the software, there’s no need to install anything since it’s a portable application, just click on the executable file whether it be 32-bit or 64-bit, as long as it’s the right one for your Windows 10 computer.

Now, the user interface is easy to understand. You can easily add several options, or remove options with just a click of the button.

You should basically be looking at the items added by 3rd-party software and disable the ones you do not need.

After you’re done, just click on “Apply Changes” and move on.

Context Menu freezes or is slow to open

One should be careful of the options they choose because they could determine what is added or removed from the Context Menu. Be sure what you’re removing or adding is the right choice before going forward with your plan.

Another issue you might come across is Windows Explorer crashing when you right-click the mouse button. In such a situation, read that guide to get things sorted out.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.