[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:
A menu item with the action and the menu item text. (For example, Play with VLC media player.)
A menu item populated by an Explorer shell extension of an application.
Both tools look and work similarly. You find the offending entries and disable them.
In ShellMenuView: You look for the offending menu item. This is easy because you just look for the offending text from the context menu item. This change should take effect immediately.
In ShellExView: You look for the offending application to figure out its Explorer shell extension entry and disable that. You may need to logout and login before you can see the effect of this change.
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