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Windows: Cleaning Messy Context Menus

📅 2010-Jan-17 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 📚 Archive

[caption id="attachment_308" align="aligncenter" width="433"][ ](http://codeyarns.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/2010_01_17_shellmenuview.png) ShellExView and ShellMenuView[/caption]

Once you install a few applications on Windows, the right-click context menu in Windows Explorer gets populated with all kinds of actions. I like to use the tools ShellMenuView and ShellExView to disable these entries. These entries in the context menu are populated from the registry and these two tools help you disable the entries that you want

Instead of a single tool, Nirsoft has created 2 tools for this job because there are 2 ways these context menu entries appear:

Both tools look and work similarly. You find the offending entries and disable them.

Administrator privilege is required by both these tools, since the context menu entries are resident in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT section of the Registry.

Tried with: ShellExView 1.70 and ShellMenuView 1.15