How To Add & Remove Entries from The Windows Right-Click Menu

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The Right-Click menu is one of the most messed with pieces of Windows. If you have installed a large amount of applications, your right-click menu can become quite large and eventually just take way too long to load.

Of course, it is possible to remove and add options to the right-click menu. Both of which can be quite productive and fun. (There was a previous article Customize Your “˜Send To’ Right-Click Windows Menu written by Jimmy on how to add more options to the “Send To” field. Some other article related to Windows right lick menu can be found here.)

Ready? Let’s do it!

Adding Entries for Certain File Types in Right-Click Menu

Sometimes you may have a certain file type, e.g. .doc (Word document) that you would like to do something special with, e.g. open .doc as an email attachment. Today we will be looking at how to do just that. In other words, show you how to add additional options to right click menu when used on certain files. So let’s get started!

Step 1: Go to “My Computer.” Click “Tools” and then click “Folder Options.”

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Step 2: Click on the tab labeled “File Types.”

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Step 3: Find a file type and select it. Then click “Advanced.”

Step 4: Click “New.” In the Action field type the name that you would like to appear.

Step 5: In the Application used to perform action textbox enter the path of the application you would like the file to load in (with quotes). E.g. “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”.

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Step 6: Click “OK” and you have your own customized right-click menu!

Removing Entries from Right-Click Menu

Sometimes, instead of adding entries, maybe your right-click menu has become too big. Eventually right-click menu’s (like mine) can take forever to load. If you would like to, you can definitely remove some of those useless options. Ready for a faster right-click menu? Let’s do it!

Step 1: Go to “Start,” “Run,” and type regedit.

Step 2: Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellexe\ContextMenuHandlers

Step 3: Find the folder that indicates the entry in the start menu and right-click. Select “Remove.”

Remove Entries for Certain File Types

Maybe your right-click menu has become way too long, and takes forever to load (like mine). If you would like to only remove entries for certain file types, simply go to the Folder Options menu like we did before and you may do the following:

Step 1: Go to “My Computer.” Click “Tools” and then click “Folder Options.”

Step 2: Click on the tab labeled “File Types.”

Step 3: Find a file type and select it.

Step 4: Find one of the entries and select “Remove.”

Now go out there and tweak!

More tweaks next time in WinHacks!

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Comments (15)
  • paklas

    what are you mean whit the step(3)of removing entries of right click menu pleas answer me…….

  • Suraj

    I follow similar steps but while removing options at right click, the edit and remove buttom is disabled in my PC. Is this the problem in my PC only please suggest?

  • Dan

    Neither this nor Tweak UI seem to work correctly for me. The option I want is actually already listed in the advanced window but does not show up when I right click a file of that type.

    TweakUI has a My Computer but the templates is not part of it. And the Templates seperate option doesn’t have anything about the right-click menu, just the right-click in a folder “New” sub-options.

  • jim

    does this also apply to vista?

    I don’t have the file types option.

  • Matt

    Another way to control what comes up in the right click is to download the XP Power Tool called Tweak UI. Once you have, under My Computer/Templates you can turn off what comes up and what doesn’t

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